Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Cutting-edge tech news, whether it be the rumored acquisition of an Internet phone service, or ingenious IP infrastructure at a football stadium, John Chambers has been at the forefront of the industry for almost two decades now.
John T. Chambers
Company: Cisco Systems
What Made Him Haute: Chambers is the proud CEO and chairman of Cisco Systems. What does he have to be so proud about? How about the financial growth that he has helmed since 1991 when the company was valued at $70 million. In early February, the Wall Street Journal reported that for the second fiscal quarter, Cisco’s profit was up from 2009, ringing in at $1.85 billion. But it’s not just his ability to bring in the green that makes Chambers haute. His deep commitment to philanthropy has been nationally recognized. He was the first recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award, received the top corporate social responsibility award from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, and the Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award, from C-level peers.
What Makes Him Haute: Chambers has been running Cisco successfully as CEO for 15 years, which has made him a credible source of global economic outlook and technological advancements over the years. As one of the best CEOs in corporate America, he has grown Cisco into a $40 billion sales company, based on the most recent quarter. Revenue continues growing as Cisco rolls out innovations. Over the weekend, TechCrunch stirred word in regards to Cisco possibly acquiring Skype before the Internet telephone provider goes public. And across the country from Silicon Valley, as the NFL season officially kicks off, New York Jets and Giants fans will see about $100 million worth of technology investments at the new Meadowlands Stadium. Cisco and Verizon have equipped the stadium with state-of-the-art technologies, making it the most technologically advanced sports stadium in the country, according to Chambers.