Optical Communications Industry Leaders to Convene at OSA Executive Forum Transforming Business Mode



Angela Stark

Optical Communications Industry Leaders to Convene at OSA Executive Forum: Transforming Business Models and Networks

Alcatel-Lucent's Basil Alwan and AT&T's Simon Zelingher to keynote leading forum highlighting critical topics for optical communications executives

WHAT: The 2011 Executive Forum, "Transforming Business Models and Networks," sponsored by the Optical Society (OSA) and held in conjunction with OFC/NFOEC, provides insights and analysis from the optical communications field's leading business and financial experts on tomorrow's trends and opportunities, while providing a venue for industry executives to connect and network.

WHO: Industry leaders, including executives from Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Cisco, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Juniper Networks, Verizon and others, will speak on a number of topics throughout the program. Highlights include the Keynote Session, which features a discussion of the future of IP and optics and its impact on carrier networks:

  • Basil Alwan, President, IP Division and Head of Portfolio Strategy, Networks Group at Alcatel-Lucent Alwan will discuss how proper coordination of IP and optical technologies will enable an infrastructure that is up to the service providers' challenge of profitable network scaling in his presentation titled "Which is it: IP over Optical, IP vs. Optical or IP+Optical?"
  • Simon Zelingher, Vice President - Global Optical, IP & Data Planning, Design, & Development at AT&T Laboratories In his talk, "AT&T Network (R)evolution," Zelingher will cover how new technologies and software will enable AT&T's network to be flexible and responsive to the needs of underlying applications such as cloud computing and video distribution and will lower cost by being both adaptive and responsive to changing capacity needs.

Additional Executive Forum topics to be discussed include IP and optics integration, business model innovation, requirements to support new business models and where the optical components market is going. The complete schedule is available on the Executive Forum section of OSA's website.

WHEN/WHERE: Monday, March 7, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PST (Keynote address, 8:45 a.m.) at the JW Marriott Los Angeles

EVENT DETAILS: The program includes panel discussions, debates and presentations featuring preeminent business leaders in optical communications. Executive speakers include:

  • Shamim Akhtar, Senior Director Network Architecture & Technology, Comcast Corporation
  • Stuart Barnes, Chief Technical Officer, Xtera Communications
  • Alain Couder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Oclaro, Inc.
  • John Dunne, Chief Technology Officer, Intune Networks
  • Bill Gartner, Vice President and General Manager Access & Transport Technology Group, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Vijay Gill, Senior Manager, Engineering and Architecture, Google
  • Bikash Koley, Senior Network Architect, Google
  • Donn Lee, Senior Network Engineer, Facebook
  • Scott Mountford, Principal-Network Planning Engineer, AT&T Services, Inc.
  • Rajiv Ramaswami, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Infrastructure & Networking Group, Broadcom Corporation
  • Jerry Rawls, Chairman of the Board, Finisar
  • John Roese, Senior VP North American R&D Center, Huawei Technologies
  • Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Chief Architect for Optical & Transport, Juniper Networks
  • Niel Viljoen, Chief Development Officer & Founder, Netronome
  • Glenn Wellbrock, Director of Optical Transport Network Architecture & Design, Verizon

A detailed program schedule and speaker bios are available at OSA's website.

EVENT REGISTRATION: Registration for the 2011 Executive Forum 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 Angela Stark, astark@osa.org.

About OSA
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