Charles H. “Chuck” Robbins is an American businessman. He serves as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Cisco Systems, the American manufacturer of networking hardware.
Robbins was educated at Rocky Mount High School in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. In 1987, he received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For five years after graduation, he worked as an application developer for North Carolina National Bank, (now part of Bank of America). Robbins next worked for Wellfleet Communications, which merged with SynOptics to become Bay Networks, followed by a short spell at Ascend Communications before joining Cisco in 1997.
On 4 May 2015, Cisco announced that the CEO and chairman John Chambers would step down as CEO on 26 July 2015 but remain chairman. Chuck Robbins, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales & Operations and a 17-year Cisco veteran, would become CEO.
Robbins was appointed CEO of Cisco Systems on 26 July 2015.
Charles Rozanski (born March 11, 1955) is a German-American retailer and columnist, known as the President and CEO of the Denver, Colorado-based Mile High Comics Inc., and a columnist for the Comics Buyer’s Guide.
Mile High Comics:
In 1969, when Rozanski was 13, he began working out of his parents’ Colorado basement, selling back issues of comic books by running mail order ads in the magazine Rocket’s Blast Comicollector. The following year, he began promoting comics as the youngest seller ever to exhibit at the Colorado Springs Antiques Market. In 1971, he founded the Colorado Springs Comics Club. The following year, he attended his first national comics convention, Multicon in Oklahoma City, where he sold $1,800 USD in comics in three days. It was this point that he realized comics retailing could be a career. He opened his first store in Boulder, Colorado in 1974 with $800 in cash and 10,000 comics. By 1977, he had expanded to four stores in the greater Denver area. In December of that year, he purchased the Edgar Church Collection, the largest and highest-quality Golden Age comics collection ever discovered. The cache had been preserved due to the unvarying 60 degree temperature and minimal humidity, and consisted of 16,000 comic books dating from 1937 to 1955, including the first Superman comic and the first Marvel Comic. The purchase of the Church Collection helped Mile High Comics expand its influence nationally, and helped bring a geometric rise to the price of rare comic books, which became a legitimate investment. Rozanski once sold a batch of comics from the Church Collection and used the profits to put a down payment on a 22,000 square-foot warehouse.
In 1979 Rozanski purchased Richard Alf Comics’ mail order division, with which he gained systems and methods for greatly expanding his mail order sales. In 1980, Rozanski purchased a double-page ad in mainstream Marvel comics, listing prices for back issues he had for sale. This ad, which was the first of its kind, was a departure from the general practice of the time for its inclusion of prices, which Rozanski explains was a way to educate non-collectors as to the value of their collections. The ad affirmed that back issues were a valid commodity for the collector’s market, and lead not only to a boom to Mile High Comics, but to the entire back issue market. In 1991 Rozanski opened the first comics mega-store in Denver, which measured 11,000 square feet. The company eventually expanded to eight stores, and has grown to become one of the most successful comics specialty shops in the United States.
In 2002 Rozanski began writing the column “Tales from the Database” for the Comics Buyer’s Guide.
Rozanski drives all over the U.S. to local comics shops in order to stock Mile High’s back issue inventory. He is also a frequent attendee at comic book conventions across the country.
Rozanski was one of five people whose journey to and experiences at the San Diego Comic Con were depicted in the 2011 Morgan Spurlock documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. In the film, Rozanski seeks to sell a copy of Red Raven #1 for $500,000 in order to pay off his debts. Although he does not sell the comic book, his booth at the convention generates more profit than the previous year’s, allowing Mile High Comics to move into a new 65,000 square foot warehouse.
Awards and recognition:
Rozanski is widely recognized as an industry leader, and in 2003 he was awarded the Defender of Liberty Award by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for his long-standing dedication to the protection of free speech.
Born : 1945
Spouse : Villoo Poonawalla
Net worth : 8.5 billion USD (2015) Forbes
Children : Adar Poonawalla
Organization founded : Serum Institute of India
Siblings : Zavaray Poonawalla
Cyrus S. Poonawalla is an Indian vaccine magnate, He is the chairman of Poonawalla Group, which includes Serum Institute of India, the Indian biotech company that manufactures paediatric vaccines.
Education and career:
As per Forbes Mar 2016 rankings, Poonawalla’s net worth is $8.5 billion and is ranked #5th richest person in India and #133th richest person in the world. He did his schooling from The Bishop’s School in Pune, and later graduated from Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, University of Pune, in 1966.
He was awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution to the field of medicine, by Government of India in 2005.