Executive Forum Program

The 2015 program features panels, presentations, townhall sessions and networking events that provide a unique opportunity for executives in the optical networking and communications business to learn from and connect with industry peers who are implementing solutions and addressing issues much like their own. Check back frequently for program updates as additional speakers are being confirmed.

Executive Forum Schedule

7:00 - 12:00 Registration
7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome and Opening Comments
8:45 - 9:30 Featured Keynote Speaker: Jeff Cox, Sr. Director of Network Architecture, Microsoft
9:30 - 10:45 Panel 1: Data Center
  • Mitch Fields, Avago
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:15 Panel 2: Standards Panel? 
  • Najam Ahmad, Facebook
  • Joe Berthold, Ciena
  • Cedric Lam, Google
  • Randy Nicklas, Windstream
12:15 - 13:15 Networking Lunch
13:15 - 14:00 Featured Speaker Session II
14:00 - 15:15 Panel 3: Global Panel
15:15 - 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 - 17:00 Panel 4: Components Panel
  • Alan Lowe, JDSU
  • Osa Mok, Innolight Technology Corporation
  • Rajiv Ramaswami, Broadcom
  • Jerry Rawls, Finisar
17:00 - 17:50 Fireside Chat
17:50 Closing Comments
18:00 - 19:30 Networking Reception

Executive Forum Panels

Panel 1: Data Center
Among service providers, colocation providers, Web 2.0 companies and large enterprises, data centers are set to drive massive investments in infrastructure over the next 3-5 years. What kind of new optical network architectures and optical modules will be triggered by the explosive growth in data center build outs and how will they contribute to the growth of next generation optical networks?

What will be the key requirements for optical equipment linking data centers vs the one providing the internal infrastructure?  Will innovation and growth be primarily driven by the data center interconnect market including submarine links? Or will they come from inside the data centers as providers struggle with fiber management and increasing internal bandwidth demands? Are the internal optical requirements for data centers completely different or just new variations on the existing datacom requirements? How quickly will vendors be able to fulfill these requirements? Will CDN players help reduce the bandwidth needs or are they actually contributing to it?  Come join is in this exciting panel where industry executives will share their views on these key questions and more.


Mitch Fields, Product Strategy and Architecture, Avago

Panel 2: Standards Panel
Standards bodies, many of them, exist today to ensure interoperability between hardware vendors and to leverage early designs to standardize on a single approach in order to reach volume shipments that will ultimately deliver lower product pricing. However, non-standard hardware deployments are being deployed by many of the newer network operators today. What is driving the non-standard approach, and will it eclipse the standards bodies or be a temporary solution that only improves time to market?


Najam Ahmad, Director, Network Engineering, Facebook

Joe Berthold, Vice President of Network Architecture, Ciena

Cedric Lam, Tech Lead Manager, Google

Randy Nicklas, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Windstream

Panel 3: Global Panel



Panel 4: Components Panel
Innovations at the optical and electrical component level, such as optical layer innovations (e.g. FlexSpectrum ROADMs), and different forms of photonic integration (PIC) and digital signal processing (DSP) in coherent detection, have been key enablers for significant performance advancements in optical networking. This panel focuses on areas of investment, research and development for leading component vendors across i) different network segments including datacenter, access, metro/edge and ULH; ii) technology choices such as single mode optics versus multimode optics or InP based integration versus silicon photonics; iii) standards & MSA based developments vs proprietary products.  In this panel, executives from key suppliers in the industry will share their views on these topics and more.


Alan Lowe, Communications and Commercial Optical Products Business Segment, JDSU

Osa Mok, Chief Marketing Officer, Innolight Technology Corporation

Rajiv Ramaswami, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Infrastructure and Networking Group, Broadcom

Jerry Rawls, Executive Chairman, Finisar



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Join Executives from these Innovative Companies:
  • Avago
  • Facebook
  • Finisar
  • InnoLight Technology Corporation
  • JDSU
  • Microsoft
  • Windstream