John P. Morgridge is Chairman Emeritus of Cisco. Morgridge joined Cisco in 1988 as President and CEO, and grew the company from $5 million to more than $1 billion in sales and from 34 to more than 2,250 employees. In 1990 he took Cisco public, in 1995 was appointed chairman, and in 2006 became chairman emeritus.
Morgridge helped set the culture of Cisco as one of innovation, empowerment, frugality, and giving back. As chairman emeritus, he continues to champion a range of education and corporate citizenship initiatives, and he is a guiding force behind the company's long-term commitment to focusing on basic human needs, responsible citizenship, and access to education.
Morgridge speaks frequently about philanthropy, strategic management and principled leadership, entrepreneurship, and how education and technology can fuel economic and societal development throughout the world. He teaches management at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and serves on its School of Business Advisory Council. In 1996, he received Stanford's Arbuckle Award for excellence in management leadership.
Prior to Cisco, Morgridge was president and COO of GRiD Systems, and before that he held senior positions with Stratus Computer and Honeywell Information Systems.
Morgridge actively supports a range of education, conservation, and human services initiatives. He is cochair of the Asia/Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy, cochair of the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars, and serves on the boards of Business Executives for National Security, CARE, the Cisco Foundation, the Cisco Learning Institute, Morgridge Institute for Research, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, TOSA Foundation, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
Morgridge holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University.