John Earnhardt

No Longer at Cisco

John Earnhardt manages the social media team responsible for the "The Network: Cisco's Technology News Site" and other corporate communications channels such as The Platform blog and Facebook page, Twitter @Cisco, LinkedIn, and other corporate social platforms. He also manages the corporate PR team, including CEO and CFO media strategy, legal, M&A, finance, op-eds, broadcast media strategy and executive media training. John is the PRNews' 2012 Social Media Professional of the Year. He is also on the 2013 and 2014 "BusinessInsider" lists of "The 50 Best PR People in the Tech Industry."

Previously, he managed policy communications in Cisco's Global Policy and Government Affairs department where he was responsible for using communications channels to advance Cisco's state, federal and global public policy objectives. This is where he started the first blog for Cisco in 2005. He also handled media relations on public policy issues in addition to starting and managing Cisco's political action committee. He joined Cisco in 1999 as Corporate Public Relations Manager in the Office of the President.

Prior to Cisco he was the Director of Media Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, DC. Earnhardt previously worked for Senator Joseph R. Biden, the Senate Judiciary Committee and for the Presidential Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. In 1996, he worked for Vice President Al Gore doing press advance on the Clinton/Gore Presidential campaign.

John is married, has a young son and lives in Menlo Park, CA. He graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in English and Philosophy.

Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/urnhart


November 7, 2013


Cisco Testimony On Consumer Protection at Senate Committee

Cisco SVP and General Counsel Mark Chandler testifies before the Senate Commerce Committee on consumer protection.

September 17, 2013


Frank Calderoni Talks Cisco and More on CNBC & Bloomberg

CFO Frank Calderoni discusses Cisco and more on CNBC and Bloomberg TV.

May 10, 2013


The Rolling Stones and Social Media

Live music is a very social experience. And, social media enables concerts to be experienced outside of the four walls of the concert hall. I went to see the Rolling Stones in San Jose earlier this week. “How was the concert?” people asked me. My Response: “The most rocking concert put on by 70-year old […]

April 22, 2013


Cisco CEO to 2013 Graduates: #NeverStopLearning

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers penned a message for 2013 college graduates in the San Jose Mercury News: Never stop learning.

April 10, 2013


Warrior on CNBC: “Innovation May Spark Economic Renewal”

Cisco Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior offers a commentary on the Internet of Everything today on CNBC.com.

March 8, 2013


Cisco Brings Home 3 #PRWeekAwards, aka “The PR Oscars”

Last night in New York City, the Cisco PR team won three of the most prestigious awards in the Public Relations industry at PRWeek’s PR Awards.

March 7, 2013


Cisco’s Chief Futurist Shares Top 5 Predictions for 2013 and Beyond #IoE

The future intrigues us all, especially when every now and then we’re able to catch a glimpse of what’s to come. At Cisco, one of the ways we build our business and serve our customers is to think about the future and how technology innovation stands to transform the world in which we live. This […]

February 28, 2013


Cisco on Fortune’s “World’s #MostAdmired Companies” List

Once again, Cisco is honored to be on Fortune Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” List. Fortune tells us that the Most Admired list is the “definitive report card on corporate reputations.”

February 27, 2013


“The Network:” Cisco’s Technology Newsroom Garners Industry Awards

Cisco is honored to be recognized by the industry for having the best online, social media newsroom.