Ciena® Corporation, the network specialist, today announced the appointment of Jill Tummler Singer and John C. Johnson to the Ciena Government Advisory Board. Singer and Johnson join a group of technology leaders advising Ciena Government Solutions, Inc. (CGSI) on how best to address the unique networking requirements of public sector customers.

Key Facts:

  • Jill Tummler Singer served as chief information officer for the National Reconnaissance Office, an integral part of the U.S. intelligence community devoted to achieving information superiority for the U.S. Government and Armed Forces. Previously, she served as deputy chief information officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where she was responsible for ensuring the CIA had the necessary technology to effectively execute its missions. Earlier in her career, Singer also served as director of the Diplomatic Telecommunications Service for the United States Department of State, where she was responsible for global network communications services for U.S. foreign missions.

  • John C. Johnson was the first assistant commissioner for the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service - Integrated Technology Service, where he managed the largest fee-for-service information technology procurement and services operation in the U.S. Government. Previously, Johnson was a member of the U.S. Navy and has served a variety of government technology organizations, including the United States Army Signal Center, Ft. Gordon, Ga.; Headquarters 7th Signal Command, Ft. Ritchie, Md.; the Department of the Army Staff; the Defense Information Systems Agency; and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence.
  • Ciena’s Government Advisory Board provides guidance and counsel to CGSI, a wholly-owned Ciena subsidiary serving the unique networking infrastructure needs of the U.S. federal sector, on the evolving needs of the Department of Defense, civilian government agencies and research and education organizations. The advisory board provides insight and analysis into the complex government market, ensuring that CGSI’s offerings and customer support are aligned with the requirements of its public sector customers.
  • These new appointees join the following current Government Advisory Board members: the Honorable Arthur A. Money, former Department of Defense Chief Information Officer; Lt. Gen. Kenneth A. Minihan, former director of the National Security Agency; and, Richard F. Kent, CEO of Fedforce.

Executive Comments:

  • “Ciena technology is delivering the bandwidth needed for the next generation of telecommunications-enabled government programs and services. Keeping our advisory board stacked with top government talent, such as the appointees we are announcing today, ensures that we can continue to deliver world-class solutions and respond to the changing needs of our government customers.”­  
    - David Peed, vice president and general manager of CGSI

CGSI Background:

  • CGSI leverages Ciena’s full portfolio of advanced products and services to provide comprehensive solutions tailored toward U.S. federal, civilian, defense and research and education networks.
  • CGSI delivers a portfolio of tailored solutions that address the unique realities of government including assured networking, cloud computing, packet-optical transport, Ethernet for branch and base connectivity and data center networking.

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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. Ciena leverages its deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with OPn, its approach for building open next-generation networks. We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized environment. Investors are encouraged to review the Investors section of our website at www.ciena.com/investors, where we routinely post press releases, SEC filings, recent news, financial results, other announcements and, from time to time, exclusively post material information as with the other disclosure channels that we use. For more information, visit www.ciena.com.

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