Cisco Systems President and CEO John T. Chambers will address several hundred members of the Queen City’s IT industry today. The luncheon presentation is sponsored by Information Technology Charlotte iTC)), an arm of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

Cisco is the worldwide leader of networking for the Internet. Since Chambers took on his current position in January 1995, annual revenues for the company have grown from $1.2 billion to its current run-rate of approximately $18.9 billion. In the last year, Cisco has gained more market share than all its competition combined. It has more than 35,000 employees worldwide.

In March, Chambers was honored for Best Investor Relations by a CEO by Investor Relations and Barrons magazines. In February, Fortune ranked Cisco the second most admired network communications company in America.

Chambers has said in previous talks: “In today’s environment, it’s all about getting back to the basics in terms off focusing on the areas that a company can influence and control: cash generation, available market share gains, productivity increases, profitability and technology innovation. These factors will ultimately determine who will survive in this challenging economy.”

Chambers joined Cisco in 1991 after eight years with Wang Laboratories and six years with IBM. He earned a BA/BS and JD from West Virginia University and an MBA from Indiana University.

Chambers’ presentation, being held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, is part of iTC’s annual speaker series. John Connors, senior vice president and CFO of Microsoft spoke last month, and Ginni Rometty, general manager of IBM Global Services, will speak on Monday, November 4. Womble Carlyle is the Marquis Series Sponsor.