John P. Morgridge, MBA '57
Cisco Systems, Inc.
John Morgridge joined Cisco Systems, the leading supplier of high-performance internetworking products, in 1988 as president and CEO. In 1995, he was appointed chairman, and in November 2006 he became chairman emeritus. He spent two years as president and COO of GRID Systems, a private company building laptop computers that was sold to Tandy Corporation in 1988.
From 1980 to 1986, Mr. Morgridge was vice president of marketing, sales, and service for Stratus Computer Inc., a manufacturer of fault-tolerant computer systems. He previously spent 20 years with Honeywell Information Systems. His last position was vice president of marketing and planning for the U.S. operation.
Mr. Morgridge holds a BBA from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He teaches part time at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and speaks regularly on entrepreneurship and management strategies at corporations and universities around the world. In 1996, the Stanford Graduate School of Business honored Mr. Morgridge with the Arbuckle Award. He is also the 2008 recipient of the Gold Spike Award for volunteer service to Stanford University.
He and his wife, Tashia, actively support a range of education, conservation, and human services initiatives. Mr. Morgridge serves on the boards of Business Executives for National Security, care, the Cisco Foundation, the Morgridge Institute for Research, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, TOSA Foundation, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars, and the Chancellor’s Advisory Council at the University of Wisconsin.
Mr. Morgridge and Tashia live in Portola Valley, California. They have three children and six emerging adult grandchildren. Mr. Morgridge enjoys amateur status as a biker, hiker, hunter, skier, and grandpops.