Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) has appointed Frank Miller as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), where he will work alongside the EMEA sales team to help Ciena customers and partners design and build more adaptive and agile networks.

Frank will provide strategic guidance on network transformation through a combination of innovative optical, packet and software technologies to address scale and automation requirements associated with rising network demands. Frank brings extensive industry experience in these areas from his previous Service Provider roles, coupled with innovative thinking around the latest programmable networking and software defined technologies.

Key Facts:

  • With more than 25 years of experience, including roles as principal engineer and strategist with deep experience working with cloud, SDN/NFV, access, transport, and wireless platforms, Frank is a globally recognized technology leader and innovator with prior leadership positions in telecom, cable and academia.
  • Before joining Ciena, Frank was Vice President of Access and Chief Architect at CenturyLink, where he was responsible for strategy, definition and execution of innovative cloud, big data, SDN and NFV based services.
  • Frank holds an MBA with distinction from Ashridge-Hult International Business School (Shanghai and London) and a BS in Information Technology with honours from University of Phoenix. Frank also attended Executive Training at Dartmouth University at Tuck and graduated from US Navy Dive School.

Executive Comments: 

  • “We’re already seeing customers in EMEA take strategic steps to prepare their networks to be more adaptive, run more efficiently through automation, anticipate unexpected spikes in bandwidth demand, and self-diagnose through advanced analytics. Frank brings an extraordinary amount of technical and practical experience and business acumen that will be instrumental in helping our customers navigate along this journey of network transformation.”
    -        Keri Gilder, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA, Ciena

Ciena currently serves more than 160 customers and operates in more than 13 countries across the EMEA region. Ciena serves a number of leading operators in the region, including BT, Colt, Etisalat, Janet, Jisc, Orange, Unitymedia, Virgin Media and Vodafone.

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