George Gilder and Robert Flanagan to Keynote 2008 Executive Forum Positioning for the Future What's


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

George Gilder and Robert Flanagan to Keynote 2008 Executive Forum: Positioning for the Future – What’s Ahead for the Optical Communications Industry

Annual event featuring leading business executives to take place Feb. 24-25 in San Diego

WHAT: The 2008 Executive Forum, held in conjunction with OFC/NFOEC, provides industry executives with networking opportunities, and insights and analysis from the optical communications field's leading business and financial experts on tomorrow's trends and opportunities.


Opening Keynote Speaker: Robert Flanagan, Managing Director, Technology Investment Banking, Oppenheimer and Company; Topic: Nonlinear Optics: The Roller Coaster Nature of Investor Sentiment on Optical Networking

Closing Keynote Speaker: George Gilder, Moderator, Gilder Telecosm Forum and Chairman, Gilder Cremers Fund LP; Topic: TBA

Panel speakers are listed below.

WHEN/WHERE: Feb. 24 and 25 at the San Diego Convention Center


The program includes panel discussions, debates and presentations featuring preeminent business leaders in optical communications. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear those on the forefront of the technology speak about how advancements in the optical communications industry will change the way we live, work and do business. Topics and speakers include:

Positioning For the Future: 4 Hot Topics


  • Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director/Associate Publisher, LIGHTWAVE Magazin


  • Shri Dodani, President and CEO, StrataLight Communications
  • Bardia Pezeshki, CTO and Founder, Santur Corporation
  • David Welch, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer and Founder, Infinera
  • Greg Young, President and CEO, Luxtera

Positioning For the Future: Systems Companies Perspective


  • Gurinder Parhar, Vice President Business Development, Santur Corporation
  • Michael Lebby, Executive Director, OIDA


  • Michael Adams, Vice President, Strategy & Architecture for Metro Ethernet Networks, Nortel
  • Joseph Berthold, Vice President Network Architecture, Ciena Corporation
  • Stephen Carlton, Vice President, Planning and Product Management, Fujitsu Network Communications
  • Adam Carter, Marketing Manager, Transceiver Module Group, Cisco
  • Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Head of IP Transport, North America, Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Raj Shanmugaraj, Vice President, Optical Networks Division, Alcatel-Lucent

View From The Top: Telecom Component/Subsystem Trends


  • William Diamond, President, COMET North America, Inc.


  • Alain Couder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bookham, Inc.
  • Joseph Liu, President and CEO, Oplink Communications, Inc.
  • Jo Major, Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO, Avanex
  • Ikuo Mito, General Manager, Fiber Optic Devices Division, NEC Corporation
  • Mike Nishiguchi, President and CEO, ExceLight Communications, Inc.

View From the Top: Datacom Component/Subsystem Market Insights


  • Daniel Docter, Director, Intel Capital Optical Investments


  • Harry L. Bosco, President and CEO, Opnext
  • Jerry S. Rawls, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Finisar Corporation
  • Reuben F. Richards, President and CEO, EMCORE Corporation
  • Dhrupad Trivedi, General Manager of Transmissions, JDSU

A detailed program schedule and speaker bios are available at:

The 2008 Executive Forum is presented by the Optical Society of America (OSA) and LIGHTWAVE and produced by OSA and PennWell.

EVENT REGISTRATION: Registration for the 2008 Executive Forum: Positioning for the Future – What’s Ahead for the Optical Communications Industry is open and can be accessed online through the Executive Forum registration page.

PRESS/ANALYST REGISTRATION: Members of the press and analyst community who are interested in attending, please contact Lyndsay Meyer,