Mark Chandler, SLS ’81

Former Executive Vice President and CLO and CCO, Cisco

Mark Chandler served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Cisco and Chief Compliance Officer through his retirement in May, 2021.  In these roles, he oversaw Cisco’s global legal activities and policies, as well as ethics, compliance and regulatory affairs, employee relations, investigations, and brand protection. He had been chief legal officer since 2001. Previously, he was Managing Attorney for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, based in Paris. A primary part of his focus has been developing solutions to simplify the support for Cisco’s sales and services transactions, including process automation and anticipation of future transactional needs. Chandler joined Cisco in 1996, when Cisco acquired StrataCom, Inc., where he had been general counsel. Prior to StrataCom, he served for six years as vice president of corporate development and general counsel for Maxtor Corporation, a Fortune 500 hard disk drive manufacturer. Chandler is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Stanford Law School, member of the Governing Council of the American Bar Association Center for Innovation, Board of Directors of Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, and the Board of Trustees for Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Mass. He previously served as a member of the Board of the Silicon Valley Law Foundation, member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, member and chairman of the City of Palo Alto Planning Commission, and member of the Palo Alto Utilities Advisory Commission. In spring 2016, he was a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. In 2010, The National Law Journal named him one of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade, and in 2013, American Lawyer numbered him among the Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years. In 2018, he received the Burton Legends in Law Award. Chandler received a JD degree from Stanford Law School in 1981 and a BA degree in economics, from Harvard College in 1978.


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