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Contact:
Sarah Cogan
OFC/NFOEC
202.416.1409
scogan@osa.org

OSA's 2012 Executive Forum to Feature Optical Communications Leaders on Network Growth, Datacom, Mobile Broadband and More

Verizon's Vice President of Global Network Planning to keynote gathering of senior-level optical communications executives

WHAT: The 13th annual Executive Forum, sponsored by the Optical Society (OSA) and collocated with OFC/NFOEC, brings together optical communications industry leaders to discuss opportunities and challenges in the field. Attendees gain insight and analysis on emerging trends and financial outlooks, while networking and connecting with fellow industry executives.  Topics this year include 100G networks, data centers, start-up technologies, mobile broadband, and gross margin challenges for optical components companies.

WHEN/WHERE: Monday, March 5, 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott Los Angeles.

  • Keynote Address: 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Panels: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Program includes breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and evening reception.

WHO: Executive-level representatives from companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Facebook, Google, Huawei and Verizon. A detailed schedule and speaker bios are available on the Executive Forum website. Panel topics and highlights include:

  • Keynote Presentation: The Drivers of 100G and Beyond, featuring
    • Ihab Tarazi, Vice President of Global Network Planning, Verizon
      Tarazi will discuss leveraging technology innovations to deliver improved customer experience, capacity growth and operational efficiencies. His talk will touch on the evolution of 100G from Long Haul networks to its growing prevalence in metro and submarine networks supporting applications across the globe and the future possibilities of 400G/s and 1 Tb/s wavelengths. Tarazi is responsible for the deployment of Verizon’s Optical, IP and Ethernet global network capabilities.
       
  • Exploding Bandwidth’s Impact on the Network: 100G and Beyond, featuring:
    • Paul Baniewicz, Vice President, Optics North American Region, Alcatel-Lucent
    • Joseph Berthold, Vice President, Network Architecture, Office of the CTO, Ciena
    • Daniel Blumenthal, Director, Terabit Optical Ethernet Center and Professor, ECE, University of California at Santa Barbara
    • Dan Sadot, Founder and CTO, MultiPhy
    • Kathy Tse, Director, Photonic Technology Planning, AT&T
       
  • Data Center Innovation, featuring:
    • Bikash Koley, Technical and Lead Manager, Network Architecture, Google Inc.
    • Donn Lee, Senior Network Engineer, Facebook
    • Paul Savill, Senior Vice President, Global Core Product Management, Level 3 Communications
       
  • Six Technologies to Watch: Start-Ups Tell Their Story, featuring:
    • Xiangdong Cao, CEO and Co-Founder, Hongtuo New Technologies
    • Matthias Tom Frei, Founder and CEO, Micram Microelectronic GmbH
    • Raj Shanmugari, President and CEO, Acacia Communications, Inc.
    • Paul Voois, Chief Strategy Officer, ClariPhy
    • Steve West, CTO, Cyan
    • Greg Young, CEO and President, Luxtera
       
  • Mobile Broadband Evolution: Business and Technology Requirements for Meeting Service Demands, featuring:
    • Erik Ekudden, Vice President  & Head of Group Technology Strategies, Ericsson Inc.
    • Mohamed Madkour,Head of Wireless Product Line Marketing, Huawei Technologies, USA
    • Prakash Sangam, Senior Manager, Technical Marketing, Qualcomm Inc.
       
  • The (Gross) Margin Challenge in the Optical Components Industry – Reasons, Solutions, The Future, featuring:
    • Alexi A. Andreev, Managing Director, Harris & Harris Group, Inc.
    • Harry Bosco, Chairman and CEO, Opnext
    • Ron Johnson, Director Architecture and Technology, Converged Optical and Routing Business, Cisco Systems
    • Jerry S. Rawls, Executive Chairman, Finisar
    • Natarajan “Subu” Subrahmanyan, Managing Director, The Juda Group

EVENT REGISTRATION: Registration for the 2012 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 should contact Sarah Cogan, scogan@osa.org.

About OSA

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