John P. Morgridge


  • Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cisco Systems, Inc.1
  • Chairman, Nature Conservancy2


John P. Morgridge was born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in 1933.  In 1955, he earned a BBA from the University of Wisconsin, which is now the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He later earned a MBA from Stanford University in 1957.3

Mr. Morgan is Chairman Emeritus of Cisco Systems, Inc.  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. In1990 he took Cisco public, in 1995 was appointed chairman, and in November 2006 became chairman emeritus.4

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 and his wife Tashia actively support a range of education, conservation, and human services initiatives.5

He is Chair of The Nature Conservancy 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 (WARF). 6

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