Michael Timmeny is Senior Vice President and Chief Government Strategy Officer for Cisco. He manages a global team charged with advancing issues that support Cisco's robust corporate and technology policy agenda worldwide. This includes shaping policies that foster innovation and digital technologies, protecting global competitiveness, avoiding intrusive regulations, promoting broadband adoption, and building trusted relationships with policymakers throughout the world. Michael also oversees Cisco's Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) team, which partners with federal and state governments worldwide to accelerate their national digitization agendas and deliver beneficial services to their citizens faster and more effectively.
During his 21 years at Cisco, Michael opened Cisco's first Washington, DC Government Affairs office, served as Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs, and now leads government relations and strategy worldwide. Michael is focused on strengthening Cisco's relationship with critical governments across the globe, expanding his team's presence into country capitals in Cisco's growth markets, and driving his team to produce positive results for Cisco. He sits on Cisco's China Board and is the executive sponsor for Ireland and the United Arab Emirates – two key markets for Cisco. Additionally, he serves on the board of Cisco's employee-sponsored political action committee in the U.S., ePAC.
Prior to joining Cisco, Michael spent 21 years on Capitol Hill in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He served as Chief of Staff to five members of Congress including Senator Patty Murray of Washington and Representatives Anna Eshoo (CA), Joseph P. Kennedy II (MA), Charles Schumer (NY), and Ted Weiss (NY). He also served as Vice President of Policy for the American Electronics Association.
A native of New York, Michael graduated from Harpur College at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he now serves on the Advocacy Council. Michael has chaired the Carlton Club, a peer group of heads of corporate government affairs organizations in Washington, DC who meet weekly with policymakers. While at Cisco, he has also represented the company on boards of various trade associations active in the U.S. market.
Michael got his start in politics volunteering for President John F. Kennedy's successful 1960 campaign for President when he was 9-years old.