Mark Chandler ’74 Discusses Timely Issues Facing Big Tech Companies

Mark Chandler ’74 spoke to the School virtually on Friday, delivering a timely discussion on the ethical issues big tech companies face from social media and other new technologies. He touched upon the new documentary, The Social Dilemma, which presents a haunting picture of the evolution of social media and the harm it has caused to society. The webinar was moderated by Mike Grant, Assistant Head of School, and questions from students and faculty were taken.

Mr. Chandler is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer at Cisco. In these roles, he oversees Cisco's global legal activities and policies, as well as ethics, compliance and regulatory affairs, employee relations, investigations, and brand protection. He has been General Counsel since 2001. Previously, he was Managing Attorney for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, based in Paris. A primary part of his focus is developing solutions to simplify the support for Cisco's sales and services transactions, including process automation and anticipation of future transactional needs. He received a JD degree from Stanford Law School in 1981 and a BA degree in economics from Harvard College in 1978. He is a member of the Belmont Hill Board of Trustees.
 
“I really treasure my memories of Belmont Hill,” Mr. Chandler stated as he closed by addressing the boys, “and consider myself incredibly fortunate to be part of this school. My only wish for all of you is that you take away from the school, when you leave, those same feelings, so that years out you can look back and you can say, ‘I was so lucky that I went to that school.’ That’s how I feel every day.”
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