OSA Executive Forum, 10 March 2014

Presentations from the 2014 event are now available online.  Information about Executive Forum 2015, 23 March in Los Angeles, CA, will be posted in August 2014.

OSA Executive Forum 2014 Retrospective:
Executives “Uncensored”

Held every year in conjunction with OFC, the OSA Executive Forum features C-level panelists discussing the latest issues facing companies in the business – in an informal, uncensored setting. Topics included packet optical networks, silicon photonics and vertical integration; panelists represented British Telecom, IBM, Cisco and more.

Analyst Ed Zabitsky of ACI Research appreciated the global representation and honest nature of discussion that explored today’s challenges. “There’s great value in having two large European carriers at Exec Forum,” he said. “They spoke their minds on the lack of willingness of vendors to interoperate with one another, which is a serious limiting factor in moving the industry forward.”

In a town hall style discussion, Najam Ahmad, Director of Network Engineering at Facebook, talked about the need to extend optics “inside” the data center to a much longer distance. "We would ideally love to have a 2 kilometer solution," he said, noting Facebook's definition of a "data center" can now span, for example, four buildings on 10 or 20 acres of land. “Ideally this 2 kilometer span would be reached by a single pair of single-mode fiber,” he said. The problem with VCSEL-based technologies is that they require lots of parallel fibers, which are expensive.

OSA Executive Forum - An Exclusive Event for Business Leaders in Networking and Communications Technology

Monday, 10 March 2014
Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
Held in conjunction with OFC

Join more than 150 senior-level executives as they convene for the annual OSA Executive Forum to discuss key themes, opportunities, and challenges facing the next generation in optical networking and communications. Highly valued by participants for the frank and open discussions, OSA Executive Forum sessions explore emerging trends and action plans for tackling today's toughest business challenges.

Industry Reflection Keynote

Christopher J. RustWhere is the Communications Industry Headed and What Does that Mean for the Players?
Christopher J. Rust, Early Stage Venture Investor,
Multiple Stealth Mode Startups

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Executive Townhall Speakers

Najam AhmadNajam Ahmad
Director, Network Engineering, Facebook
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John ConsidineJohn Considine
Chief Technology Officer, Terremark
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During the dynamic Executive Townhall sessions you can ask questions and discuss issues, ensuring you come away with actionable ideas you can put to work right away. Learn about future trends key to your business, your competitors, and your industry.

Who Should Attend?

  • Service Provider Network Executives
  • Service Provider Technology Evaluators
  • Data Center Managers
  • Enterprise Network Managers
  • Business Development Executives
  • Communications Technology Development Managers
  • Optical Systems Developers and Managers
  • Core Router Developers
  • Test Equipment Vendors
  • Data Center Switch and Router Vendors
  • Semiconductor Manufacturers
  • Venture Capitalists

2014 Executive Forum Planning Committee

  • Zeljko Bulut, VP Product Line Management, Coriant
  • Brandon Collings, CTO, Optical Communications Products, JDSU
  • Dana Cooperson, Vice President and Practice Leader, Network Infrastructure, Ovum
  • Eve Griliches, Director Solutions Marketing, BTI Systems
  • Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director/Associate Publisher, Lightwave
  • Albert Kim, Vice President Strategic Investments, Ericsson
  • Shoa-Kai Liu, Senior Advisor, Cendana Capital
  • Gurinder Parhar, Director, Product Line Management, Emcore
  • Natarajan 'Subu' Subrahmanyan, Senior Managing Director, The Juda Group
  • Glenn Wellbrock, Director of Optical Transport Network, Verizon

Speaker: David Welch, Infinera

Keynote Speaker, Pieter Poll, CenturyLink


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OSA Executive Forum provides attendees with an exclusive opportunity to hear insider perspectives in an uncensored environment, while participating in high-level networking.

Join Executives from these Innovative Companies:
  • British Telecom
  • Marlin Equity Partners
  • Cisco
  • Finisar
  • Cowen and Company
  • Digital Realty
  • Arista Networks
  • IBM
  • Facebook