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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cisco today announced the appointment of Michael K. Powell to its board of directors, effective March 22, 2007.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Michael Powell to Cisco's board of directors," said John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco. "Michael's broad experience with the communications sector - from his support of affordable, widespread broadband deployment in the United States while FCC Chairman, to his understanding of the enormous possibilities created by the convergence of data, voice and video - makes him an invaluable addition to the Board."

Powell, 43, is currently a Senior Advisor of Providence Equity Partners and Chairman of the MK Powell Group. He was nominated by President William J. Clinton to a Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission in 1997. He was designated Chairman by President George W. Bush in 2001 and served until 2005. Previously, Powell served as the Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division in the Department of Justice. Before joining the Antitrust Division, Mr. Powell was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, and just prior to joining the firm clerked for the Honorable Harry T. Edwards, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Before starting his legal career, Powell served as a policy advisor to Secretary of Defense, Richard B. Cheney. Additionally, Powell's experience includes military service as an armored cavalry officer in the United States Army. Powell earned a bachelor's degree in Government from the College of William and Mary and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Powell is a member of the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation and the Aspen Institute. Additionally, he serves on the Boards of ObjectVideo and CMWare, Inc. He also currently serves as Rector of the Board of Visitors of the College of William and Mary.

With the appointment of Powell, Cisco's board now consists of 12 members, including Carol A. Bartz, Executive Chairman, Autodesk, Inc.; M. Michele Burns, Chair and CEO, Mercer Human Resource Consulting LLC; Michael D. Capellas, Senior Advisor, Silver Lake Partners; Larry R. Carter, Senior Vice President, Office of the President, Cisco Systems, Inc.; John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems, Inc.; Brian L. Halla, Chairman and CEO, National Semiconductor Corporation; John L. Hennessy, Ph.D., President, Stanford University; Richard M. Kovacevich, Chairman and CEO, Wells Fargo & Company; Roderick C. McGeary, Chairman, BearingPoint, Inc.; Steven M. West, Founder and Partner, Emerging Company Partners; and Jerry Yang, Co-founder, Chief Yahoo! and Director, Yahoo! Inc.

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