As Senior Vice President and Chief Government Strategy Officer, Michael Timmeny leads Cisco’s government relations worldwide. He manages a global team charged with advancing issues that support Cisco’s robust corporate and technology policy agenda. This includes shaping policies that foster innovation and digital technologies, promoting broadband adoption, and protecting global competitiveness.
Now in his 25th year at Cisco, Michael opened the company’s first Washington, D.C. office in 1998. Michael is focused on strengthening Cisco’s relationship with governments around the globe, expanding his team’s presence in Cisco’s growth markets, and driving positive results for Cisco, as well as the governments and constituencies in which it operates. He is the country sponsor for Ireland and the United Arab Emirates – two key markets for Cisco. Additionally, he serves on the board of Cisco’s employee-sponsored political action committee in the U.S., ePAC.
Prior to joining Cisco, Michael spent twenty-one years on Capitol Hill in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, where he served as Chief of Staff to five members of Congress including U.S. Senator Patty Murray (WA) and U.S. Representatives Anna Eshoo (CA), Joseph P. Kennedy II (MA), Chuck Schumer (NY), and Ted Weiss (NY). Previously, he worked for U.S. Representative Peter Peyser in his home district in New York and was given his start on Capitol Hill by U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm (NY). He later served as Vice President of Policy for the American Electronics Association.
A native of New York, Michael graduated from Harpur College at Binghamton University, where he now serves on the Binghamton University Foundation Board of Directors. Michael was President of the Carlton Club, a peer group of heads of government affairs organizations in Washington, D.C. who meet weekly with policymakers. While at Cisco, he has also represented the company on boards of various technology trade associations active in the U.S. market.
Michael got his start in politics volunteering for President John F. Kennedy’s successful 1960 campaign for President when he was nine years old.