Senior Vice President Howard Charney is a member of Cisco's Office of the Chairman and CEO, contributing to Cisco's strategy and direction, and is a dynamic speaker on the future of technology and global change. In addition to his international appearances as a Cisco technology evangelist, Charney advises businesses, governments, and educators around the world on implementing critical Internet technologies to improve organizational effectiveness, profitability, and quality of life.
During his more than 35 years in Silicon Valley, Charney has overseen the development and proliferation of technologies that led directly to the global build-out of the Internet. After joining Cisco in 1995, with the acquisition of Grand Junction Networks, he helped grow Cisco's new two-tier distribution business to more than US$2.4 billion and helped make Fast Ethernet and low-cost switching fundamental, global Internet technologies.
Charney founded Grand Junction Networks in 1992, which transformed the economics of switching with the invention of Fast Ethernet and low-cost switching. In 1980 Charney co-founded 3Com, the progenitor of Ethernet and local area networking. 3Com's breakthrough technologies enabled Internet access to the desktop.
A licensed patent attorney, Charney belongs to the State Bar of California and the Federal Bar. He sits on both the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara University and the advisory board for that institution's Center for Science, Technology and Society.
Charney holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and master of business administration and juris doctor degrees from Santa Clara University. He received the Santa Clara Law Alumni Special Achievement Award in 2014.