President & CEO, Ciena
Among the longest-serving CEOs in technology, Gary Smith took the helm at Ciena in May 2001 just before the unprecedented telecommunications industry downturn. Since then, he has successfully led Ciena through two recessions to build a truly global network strategy and solutions company.
His prior positions with Ciena include Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, and Vice President of International Sales. Previously, Mr. Smith served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for INTELSAT, and also held executive roles in several pioneering European communications companies, including Cray Communications Group, Tricom Communications PLC, and Case Communications Group.
Mr. Smith is a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and serves on the board of directors for Avaya Inc. and CommVault Systems, Inc. He is a Commissioner for the Global Information Infrastructure Commission and participates in the Center for Corporate Innovation. Mr. Smith received his M.B.A. from Ashridge Management College, United Kingdom.
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Tuesday, 23 January 2018