Debbie Gross

Debbie Gross

Debbie GrossDebbie Gross, Former Chief Executive Assistant–Cisco Systems

Debbie Gross, CEA, has well over 30 years of experience in the administrative field. She joined Cisco Systems in March, 1991 as the executive assistant to John Chambers, then Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations. As the company grew from $1.2 billion in annual revenues to over $46 billion, her responsibilities grew together with Chambers. In 1995, when Chambers became President and CEO, Debbie Gross assumed the lead role leading Cisco’s global 1000+-person administrative team.

She is a leader in the promotion of Cisco administrative programs and is a member of the California UCSC Extended Campus Board for Curriculum Development, as well as a Guest Lecturer for the Administrative Professionals programs there. She has a passion for the profession and she was the recipient of the Colleen Barrett Award for Administrative Excellence in 2016, the highest award given by the Admin Awards of Silicon Valley.

She is a trainer and coach focused on the Administrative Profession, and she participates as a keynote speaker at worldwide administrative conferences in the US, London, Melbourne, Sydney and Dubai.

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