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Press Release -- November 23rd, 2011
Source: Ciena
Tags: Ethernet, Exchange, Expansion, MPLS, Wavelength

Ciena Appoints Karl Horne as Asia Pacific Chief Technology Officer

Industry expert to address region’s growing network demands and challenges

LINTHICUM, Md. / HONG KONG — 11/23/2011

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings), the network specialist, today announced the appointment of Karl Horne to the role of Chief Technology Officer for Asia Pacific.  The appointment follows Ciena’s continued expansion into key Asian markets and further underscores the company’s commitment to the region.

Based out of Hong Kong, Mr. Horne will be responsible for network architecture and technology strategies for Ciena in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam.

Anthony McLachlan, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, said of the appointment, “Our primary focus has always been in bringing value to our customers, helping them to better compete in their market place. As service providers and enterprise customers in Asia look to streamline and modernize their networks against a global tsunami in online applications and solutions, Karl’s career experience makes him a valuable resource and contributor to the organization’s strategic development in one of the most advanced and highly competitive telecommunications markets in the world. I am proud to have Karl as a member of Ciena’s leadership team. As our Asia Pacific CTO he will help drive Ciena’s expansion in the region and lead our talented group of engineers and developers.”

Commenting on the Asia Pacific market, Mr. Horne said, “Here in Asia Pacific, Ciena sees many of the same trends that are challenging service providers and enterprises across the globe. Namely, as services and connectivity require higher bandwidths, but with more agility and resilience needs, it is becoming increasingly important for networks to be highly scalable, intelligent, and robust.

“Ciena's focus has historically been, and continues to be, on bringing those attributes into a multi-layer environment, including Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) to Optical Transport Network (OTN) to Ethernet and Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) networking,” said Mr. Horne.  “Our industry-leading portfolio allows our customers to deploy the most cost-effective yet flexible networks not only as intelligent infrastructure, but also as turn-key service engines.  Ultimately, this gives them the ability to compete more effectively with richer service catalogs and contain total cost of ownership to optimize CAPEX and OPEX efficiencies.”

Prior to this new role, Mr. Horne has served in several capacities within Ciena, including leadership positions in Portfolio Management, Chief Technologist, System Engineering and Product Line Management roles.  With more than 22 years of industry experience in telecommunication and technology, he has also held engineering leadership positions with Scientific Atlanta and AT&T Tridom.

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-K, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 8, 2011. 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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