Gary B. Smith - President and Chief Executive Officer

Gary B. Smith began serving as Chief Executive Officer of Ciena in May 2001, in addition to his existing position as President, which he has held since October 2000. Prior to his current role, his positions with the Company included: Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales. Mr. Smith joined Ciena in November 1997 as Vice President, International Sales.

From 1995 through 1997, Mr. Smith served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for INTELSAT. He also previously served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cray Communications, Inc.

Mr. Smith is a member of President Obama's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.  He also currently serves on the board of directors for Avaya Inc. and CommVault Systems, Inc., is a commissioner of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission, is a 'Broadband Ambassador' for the Internet Innovation Alliance and participates in initiatives at the Center for Corporate Innovation. Smith also previously served as a Board member at the American Electronics Association (now TechAmerica).  He received his M.B.A. from Ashridge Management College, United Kingdom.