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CGI2012 Panel: “Business by Design: Growth and Opportunity”

September 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm PST

Today, at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers joined Goldman Sachs CEO and Chairman Lloyd Blankfein and Dow Chemical Company President, Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris on a panel discussion moderated by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.  The title of the panel was “Business by Design: Growth and Opportunity.”  (An edited portion of the panel will air on CNN soon…watch this space for the air date).

Zakaria said that he was an optimist overall when it came to the United States and our prospects for the future.  He spoke about the economic troubles the U.S. has had over the past decades and how we have consistently overcome them.  The trouble with this recovery and economy, he said, is that it is taking jobs a lot longer to come back than what has been historically ordinary.

All of the speakers agreed (generally) that there was optimism to be had in the United States economy, regardless of who is elected President in November.  All of them also agreed that government and business have to partner together to help solve our nation’s problems and take advantage of our many assets.  Blankfein said that many of our problems are self-inflicted and could easily be resolved, such as having a budget for the country.

From Left: Fareed Zakaria (CNN), Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris and Cisco CEO John Chambers at CGI2012

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Jerry Yang to Retire from Cisco’s Board

After 12 years of dedicated service, Jerry Yang has chosen to retire from Cisco’s Board of Directors to more fully pursue new personal and business interests.

Jerry has been an active member of our Board of Directors since July 2000. As the co-founder of Yahoo! Inc. and with his background in information technology and technology development, Jerry’s strategy and leadership skills on the board have been invaluable. Jerry will continue to serve as a director until Cisco’s 2012 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on November 15, 2012.

During Jerry’s tenure on the board, Cisco has more than doubled annual revenue from approximately $19 billion to $46 billion, tripled profits from $2.7 billion to $8.0 billion, and grown headcount from 34,000 to approximately 67,000 employees. On behalf of Cisco’s Board of Directors, we are extremely proud to have worked with Jerry on these accomplishments, and he will certainly be missed by me, our fellow board members and our entire company.

Thank you for your great service to Cisco, Jerry.

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Cisco at the 2012 Olympic Games: Partnering to Build a Better Tomorrow

August 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm PST

The previous two weeks of Olympic competition held the world’s attention like never before. We were able to stream events from our phones, get info in real time, and follow our favorite athletes on Twitter.

And isn’t nice to know that our partners share something in common with the Olympic champions. Like the athletes, our partners dream big, give it their all, and work hard to hone their skills—both as technology providers and trusted business advisers. Read More »

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On June 12-14, Join Cisco Live San Diego virtually

June 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm PST

It’s that time of the year again…when Cisco’s annual flagship IT and communications conference, Cisco Live U.S., brings you the latest technical education and training, certification testing, and the opportunity to extend your professional networks. This year, the conference is being held in beautiful San Diego, with over 15,000 customers, IT experts and partners expected to attend. But don’t fret if you can’t attend in person, because content will be streamed live June 12-14 via the all-new Cisco Live 365. This content-based community and portal includes sessions from Cisco Live conferences around the globe, a totally revamped session catalog, social sharing features and an augmented World of Solutions. The best part? Access is free! During the event, you can look forward to the following:

  • Keynotes, Partner Super Sessions and press conferences
  • Selected technical sessions
  • Ask the Expert Sessions with live interaction with experts
  • Twenty-two Cisco and Partner Resource Centers in the virtual World of Solutions
  • uStream Cisco and partner channels streaming live from the WoS in San Diego
  • The chance to win prizes and earn Cisco Preferred Access points in the Cisco Live 365 Prize Center

Curious to see the live events schedule for June 12-14? Click here for the Cisco Live 365 agenda.

Nearly 300 breakout sessions will be captured on video during Cisco Live San Diego and made available by June 20 -- View a PDF of the capture list here. Plus, you’ll find monthly events on a wide range of topics offered throughout the year.

Join colleagues from over 195 countries, without ever leaving your desk. Log in for the full experience at www.CiscoLive365.com -- access is free

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Smart Grid Momentum

May 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm PST

Chairman and CEO John Chambers offers an update on Cisco’s Smart Grid solutions.

He writes, in part:

Throughout Cisco’s history, we have identified market transitions and listened closely to our customers as they navigate these changes. Nearly 20 years ago, the Telecom industry went through a major transformation and Cisco helped service providers evolve their businesses to deliver a digital, multimedia and immersive experience for their customers. The key to our success was a keen focus on our customers and building industry-wide partnerships to deliver the necessary business and technical solutions.

Today, the energy industry is in the midst of an equally significant market transition as they modernize the electric grid to address aging infrastructure, increase the integration of renewable energy sources, meet evolving regulatory requirements, and ensure the security of their critical assets. And doing all of these while continuing to deliver power reliably and safely to their customers.

Read his full update here:

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