Presentations from the 2014 event are now available online.  Check the schedule below for those speakers who provided their permission to post their presentation. 

Executive Forum Program

The 2014 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 - 8:35 Welcome and Opening Comments
8:35 - 8:45 National Photonics Initiative: Industry is Critical, Alan Willner, Steven and Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California
8:45 - 9:30 Featured Townhall Speaker Session I: John Considine, Chief Technology Officer, Terremark.
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9:30 - 10:45 Panel 1: Packet Optical Network Evolution in a Software-centric World
  • Aref Chowdhury, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Pedro Florez, Telefonica S.A. - download presentation
  • Andrew Lord, British Telecom
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:15 Panel 2: Why are Non-Carriers Building Their Own Networks? 
Video available now Part 1, Part 2 .
12:15 - 13:15 Networking Lunch
13:15 - 14:00 Featured Townhall Speaker Session II: Najam Ahmad, Director, Network Engineering, Facebook
14:00 - 15:15 Panel 3: Silicon Photonics – What is it Good for?
15:15 - 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 - 17:00 Panel 4: Vertical Integration as an Element of Business Strategy
  • Patrick DiPietro, Coriant
  • Ron Johnson, Cisco
  • Paul Silverstein, Cowen and Company
17:00 - 17:45 Industry Reflection Keynote: Christopher J. Rust, Early Stage Venture Investor, Multiple Stealth Mode Startups.
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17:45 Closing Comments
18:00 - 19:30 Networking Reception

Executive Forum Panels

Panel 1: Packet Optical Network Evolution in a Software-centric World
New products are being offered in the market that combine agile OTN, packet , and photonic switching in a single integrated platform, thus challenging more established networking approaches. While such platforms can deliver unprecedented data plane capacity and switching flexibility, management and control plane approaches are in flux. How will packet optical networks evolve from MPLS, ASON, and GMPLS to incorporate multi-layer control planes, flexible grid ROADMs, and emerging concepts such as software defined networking and network functions virtualization? Will new networking concepts displace or complement existing management and control systems? How are economic and commercial models likely to be affected as a result?


Aref Chowdhury, Chief Technology Officer, Optics, Alcatel-Lucent

Pedro Florez Miñambres (Pedro Florez), Head of IP & Transport in Telefónica GCT, Telefónica S.A.
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Andrew Lord, Head of Optical Research, British Telecom

Panel 2: Why are Non-Carriers Building Their Own Networks? 
More hosting and colocation providers and large enterprises are following the lead of content providers and purchasing their own dark fiber and building private networks. The goal is to better manage scale and improve control, particularly as bandwidth between data centers grows. Hear from companies that have faced these decisions: Why did they do what they did? What are the triggers and decision criteria for building versus buying private networks? What have the benefits and drawbacks been in terms of performance and financial (capex, opex) results, and how might this affect future builds? What advice would they have for others contemplating build vs. buy and for vendors looking to tap this growth opportunity?


Rob BathVice President of Engineering, EMEA, Digital Realty
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Derek Garnier, CEO, Layer42 Networks
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Inder MongaChief Technologist and Area Lead, Energy Sciences Network, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
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Panel 3: Silicon Photonics – What is it Good for?
While using silicon and CMOS processes to manufacture optical components has long been the Holy Grail for the optical component industry, the expectations around readiness of this technology appear to have reached an inflection point in the last couple of years. These expectations have created a strong and vocal debate around the impact of silicon photonics on the optical networking industry. On this panel, silicon photonics stakeholders and detractors will attempt to separate hype from reality and compare silicon photonics’ capabilities, limitations, use cases, and economics with those of competing technologies.


Andreas Bechtolsheim, Chairman, Arista Networks

Christopher Doerr, Director of Photonic Integration, Acacia Communications
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Jerry Rawls, Executive Chairman of the Board, Finisar Corporation
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Yurii A. Vlasov, Manager, IBM
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Panel 4: Vertical Integration as an Element of Business Strategy 
In the pursuit of healthier financial performance and a performance edge, many vendors are pursuing vertical integration strategies. What do industry and individual company results indicate about the success of these strategies—is VI critical for financial success or performance advantage; dependent on the specifics of different product segments (chip through transceiver module, linecard); or a red herring? Are there other, more successful strategies that seem to be yielding better results? How are vertical integration and other structural strategies a reflection of current market conditions, and what do they suggest about the optical communications industry of the future? Hear from component and systems vendors as well as analyst experts.


Patrick DiPietro, Chief Executive Officer, Coriant

Ron Johnson, Director Product Line Management - High End Routing and Optical Team, Cisco

Paul SilversteinManaging Director, Cowen and Company, LLC



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