Chuck Robbins serves on the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees and is chairman and chief executive officer of Cisco Systems.

Robbins joined Cisco in 1997 and held a number of global management positions before assuming the role of CEO in 2015 and chairman in 2017. In addition to leading the US-based multinational technology company, Robbins serves on the board of directors at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. He is also a member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum. He previously served on the board of Business Executives for National Security, an organization of executive leaders who volunteer their expertise to help enhance the nation’s security.

Robbins has taken the lead in addressing the homelessness crisis in Santa Clara County with Cisco’s $50 million commitment to Destination: Home, a public-private partnership that aims to significantly reduce homelessness in the region. Born and raised in Georgia, he has served as a member of the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, the largest nonprofit dedicated to preventing domestic violence in the state of Georgia, and served on the advisory board for the president of Georgia Tech.

Robbins holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a computer science concentration from the University of North Carolina.