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Press Release -- December 15th, 2010
Source: Ciena
Tags: Ethernet, Exchange

Ciena Names Rick Dodd Senior Vice President, Global Marketing

LINTHICUM, Md. — 12/15/2010

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings), the network specialist, today announced that Rick Dodd has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, reporting directly to President and CEO Gary Smith. In this role, Mr. Dodd will oversee the field, product, solutions and corporate marketing organizations and provide strategic support to Ciena’s global field operations and global products group.

With nearly 20 years working with innovative networking firms, Mr. Dodd was most recently at Infinera, where he served as Vice President of Corporate Marketing and earlier as Vice President of Product Marketing. Prior to that, Mr. Dodd was an Associate Partner at venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, where he was focused on networking and semiconductor startups. Earlier, Mr. Dodd was Director of Strategic Marketing at Ciena, which he joined through the company’s acquisition of Lightera Networks in 1999. He was also previously in product management at Cisco Systems and held engineering and sales roles at WilTel.

“With his deep experience and industry knowledge, we expect that Rick will play an integral role in further refining Ciena’s value proposition and ensuring that our brand and unique positioning are effectively conveyed to the market and our customers,” said Mr. Smith.  “We look forward to his participation in leveraging our current momentum to continue building Ciena as a global leader.”

Mr. Dodd earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

About Ciena

Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. With focused innovation, Ciena brings together the reliability and capacity of optical networking with the flexibility and economics of Ethernet, unified by a software suite that delivers the industry’s leading network automation. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit www.ciena.com.

Note to Ciena Investors

Forward-looking statements. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-Q, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 8, 2010. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Ciena Corporation
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Ciena Corporation
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