Michael J. Rowny joined Ciena as a Director in August 2004. Mr. Rowny has been Chairman of Rowny Capital, a private equity firm, since 1999. From 1994 to 1999, and previously from 1983 to 1986, he was with MCI Communications in positions including President and CEO of MCI's International Ventures, Alliances and Correspondent group, acting CFO, Senior Vice President of Finance, and Treasurer. His extensive career in business and government included positions as chairman and CEO of the Ransohoff Company, CEO of Hermitage Holding Company, EVP and CFO of ICF Kaiser International, Vice President of the Bendix Corporation, and Deputy Staff Director of The White House. Mr. Rowny holds a bachelor of science degree from M.I.T. and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Rowny serves on the board of directors of Neustar, Inc and Pixspan, Inc.