Prem Jain is no stranger to high-tech communications and electronic networking ventures. As director of engineering for David Systems, Prem Jain developed third-generation integrated data and voice PABX equipment. When he was vice president of Systems Architecture for Crescendo Communications, he was responsible for the design and development of their FDDI products, as well as the first LAN switch. He holds two patents and is a member of IEEE.
Jain recently retired after serving as senior vice president and general manager of the Routing Technology Group at Cisco Systems. His first position with Cisco was as director of engineering when Cisco acquired Crescendo Communications, and his other positions at Cisco have included vice president of New Business Ventures and vice president and general manager within the Enterprise Line of Business.
Cisco Systems, founded in 1984, is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. At the end of April 2007, Cisco had more than 56,000 employees worldwide and revenues of $8.9 billion, a 21 percent increase over the same period the previous year.
Following in the tradition of volunteerism at Cisco — where employee volunteers donated more than 160,000 hours in service last year to nonprofits in their communities — Jain raises funds for the homeless and volunteers in San Francisco area schools. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree with honors from BITS Pilani, India, and a master’s degree in EECS from the University of California, Davis. He is a charter sponsor and a member of the advisory board of the Ahimsa Center
at Cal Poly Pomona, which focuses on interdisciplinary teaching and learning about nonviolence and its practical applications at various levels.