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It’s a Strange World: John Chambers addresses Union of Employers in Paris with Laurence Parisot

September 1, 2010 - 8 Comments

Our chairman and CEO John Chambers opened the annual Summer University of the French Enterprise Movement (MEDEF) via Cisco TelePresence today.  He spoke with the présidente of MEDEF, Laurence Parisot, and provided his perspectives on why continues to be optimistic about the future, the global nature of our business and the impact that technology can have on business, jobs and healthcare.  MEDEF stands for the ‘Mouvement des Entreprises de France’ representing the largest French employers and organises a yearly gathering that attracts over 7,000 French CEOs, media and business leaders over 3 days.  The theme that Mme. Parisot introduced for this year’s event is the “Strangeness of the World”.  Here she asks John for the basis of his optimism:

President Sarkozy and Cherie Blair have addressed the conference in previous years and this year, MEDEF will use Cisco TelePresence to connect with speakers in multiple locations including Dusseldorf, Riyadh and Beijing.  Speaking this year alongside Chambers are Hari Bhartia,  president of the Confederation of Indian Industry, Jacques Diouf, director general of UN Food and Agriculture Organiation, Tom Donohue, president of the US Chamber of Commerce, and Wan Yan, the founder of, a major Chinese Internet portal.

Read more to watch the full length version of Chambers’ discussion with Laurence Parisot.

Here’s a slideshow of pictures on Cisco’s Flickr channel from the Summer University:

In addition to the full length interview below, for French speakers there is a wealth of information and perspectives from business leaders in France on the l’Université d’été du MEDEF website.




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  1. Hi Marc,When a reader clicks on the full length video version link it states:This video is private.""Sincerely,Brad Reese"

  2. Hi Marc,Great post. I agree with Brandon, the opportunity to network with that many CEO's in 3 days must be a fantastic experience. Its a shame us mear mortals have to look in from the outside.

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  8. Hi Marc, I like to watch this videos and Presentation of john chamber is impressive.Thanks for sharing all this details.