How Chambers kept a high profile

Cisco CEO John Chambers has rubbed elbows with many business, political and entertainment VIPs during his 20 years at the helm

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Oh what a trip it has been

Cisco CEO John Chambers raised the company’s profile, as well as his own, during his 20-year tenure at the helm of the largest networking vendor on the planet. Here is a sampling of the Who’s Who of dignitaries he’s pressed the flesh with over two decades.

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President George W. Bush

Chambers met with President George W. Bush in 2006 to discuss the Lebanon Private Sector Initiative, an effort to grow the Lebanon economy.

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Russia President Dmitri Medvedev

Russia President Dmitri Medvedev met with Chambers at Cisco headquarters in San Jose in 2010 to hammer out a Memorandum of Understanding committing Cisco to a multi-year $1 billion investment in Russia.

 

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Shimon Peres

Then-Israeli President Shimon Peres greets Chambers in Jerusalem in 2013 to celebrate Peres’ 90th birthday.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Chambers in the west bank city of Ramallah in 2008 to discuss the global implications of IP networking.

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair talks with Chambers and the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2006 at Cisco’s San Jose headquarters during a meeting of Silicon Valley executives.

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Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui

Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui greets Chambers during a meeting at the Presidential Office in Taipei in 1999.

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Chelsea Clinton

Chambers even met with the offspring of presidents. Here he engages Chelsea Clinton during the Clinton Global Initiative in 2013.

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Finland President Jarja Halonen

Chambers moderates a panel that includes Finland President Jarja Halonen (center) at the Clinton Global Initiative.

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Condoleeza Rice

Chambers meets with US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and Yousef Ghafari, chairman of Ghafari, Inc., in Paris in 2007 to raise funds for Lebanon.

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Kofi Annan

UN Ambassador Kofi Annan (l) participates in a panel with Chambers and Gemini Solar Development Company President Kristina Peterson at the Clinton Global Initiative.

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Clinton Global Initiative

Chambers shakes hands with Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley at the Clinton Global Initiative as Anne-Marie Slaughter, director of policy planning for the US State Department (l), and Coca Cola CEO Muhtar Kent look on. 

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Economic roundtable

An economic roundtable in New York in 2008 brought Chambers together with Arizona Sen. John McCain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and then eBay CEO Meg Whitman.

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Kamal Nath

Chambers confers with Kamal Nath, India’s Commerce and Industry Minister, during the National Association of Software and Services Companies forum in 2009.

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Bill Gates

Contemporaries in the high-tech business shared time with Chambers as well, including Microsoft Founder and Chairman Bill Gates …

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Steve Ballmer

…as well as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The executives shared the dais at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2008.

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Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey, Co-founder and Chairman of Twitter, participated on a Clinton Global Initiative panel with Chambers in 2010.

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SONY Chairman and CEO Nobuyuki Idei

SONY Chairman and CEO Nobuyuki Idei and Chambers partnered at a seminar in Tokyo in 2001.

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Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son

Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son and Chambers discussed the future of the Internet at a forum in Tokyo in 2000.

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NetAid program

Chambers joins actors Harry Belafonte (l) and Danny Glover at the United Nations in 1999 to announce the NetAid program to eradicate extreme poverty.

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Comedian Sarah Silverman

Comedian Sarah Silverman puts Chambers on the spot during his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year.