People: Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O)
24 May 2013
Burns, M. Michele
Ms. M. Michele Burns is an Independent Director of Cisco Systems, Inc. She has been a member of the Board of Directors since November 2003. She has served as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Retirement Policy Center sponsored by Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. since October 2011. In this capacity, she also serves as the Center Fellow and Strategic Advisor to the Stanford Center on Longevity at Stanford University. From September 2006 to October 2011, Ms. Burns served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mercer LLC. She assumed that role after joining Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. in March 2006 as Chief Financial Officer. From May 2004 to January 2006, Ms. Burns served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer of Mirant Corporation, where she helped restructure and emerge Mirant from bankruptcy. In 1999, Ms. Burns joined Delta Air Lines, Inc. assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2000 and holding that position through April 2004. Delta filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in September 2005. She began her career in 1981 at Arthur Andersen LLP and became a partner in 1991. Ms. Burns also serves on the boards of directors of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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