2015 Program

Executive Forum Program

Executive Forum 2015 has ended. Please enjoy a retrospective look at the event. Information about Executive Forum 2016 will be posted in August. Presentations from this year's forum are available here.

The 2015 program features panels, presentations, fireside chats 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

23 March 2015
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: Why the Data Center Requirement Needs a Different Approach
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:15 Panel 2: Global Perspective on the Future of Optical Communication
12:15 - 13:30 Networking Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Panel 3: Reshaping Standards for Today's Realities
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:45 Panel 4: The New Drivers for R&D Investment
16:45 - 17:50 Fireside Chat: The Roadmap to Next-Gen Network Innovation - Financing Leaders Speak Out
17:50 Closing Comments
18:00 - 19:30 Networking Reception

Executive Forum Panels

Panel 1: Why the Data Center Requirement Needs a Different Approach
Moderator: Natarajan 'Subu' Subrahmanyan, Senior Managing Director, The Juda Group
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.


James Feger, Vice president, Network Strategy and Development, CenturyLink

Mitch Fields, Product Strategy and Architecture, Avago Technologies

Rao Lingampalli, Optical Network Architect in the CTO Group, Equinix

Xuezhe Zheng, Director, Photonics, Oracle Corporation

Panel 2: Global Perspectives on the Future of Optical Communication
Moderator: Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director/Associate Publisher, Lightwave
Understanding capex spending patterns and adoption of next gen architectures in the telecom infrastructure industry today requires a truly global perspective - ubiquitous, reliable high speed wireline and wireless connectivity is becoming a worldwide requirement and we are seeing carriers across the world invest in innovative solutions to satisfy this requirement.  This panel focuses on understanding perspectives from global Tier 1 carriers on several key topics in communications infrastructure including i) key innovations carriers are implementing today or expecting from their vendors over the next couple of years; ii) evolving network traffic patterns and investment priorities in the transport network – 100G, long haul/metro, packet/optical; iii) role of SDN/NFV in carrier networks; iv) how is the move to cloud progressing and what is the impact on DC builds and carrier networks?  Executives from global Tier 1 carriers will share their insights on these topics.


Yiran Ma, Engineer, China Telecom

Juan Pedro Fernández-Palacios Giménez, Project Manager, Telefonica

Glenn Wellbrock, Director of Optical Transport Planning, Verizon

Panel 3: Reshaping Standards for Today's Realities
Moderator: Bill Gartner, Vice President/General Manager, Cisco
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

John D'Ambrosia, Chief Ethernet Evangelist, Dell

Cedric Lam, Engineering Director, Google Fiber Platforms, Google

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

Panel 4: The New Drivers for R&D Investment
Moderator: Chris Pfistner, Senior Director, Marketing, Finisar
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.


Brandon Collings, Chief Technology Officer, Communications and Consumer Optical Products, JDSU

Osa Mok, Chief Marketing Officer, InnoLight Technology Corporation

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

Julie Sheridan Eng, Senior Vice President of Transceiver Engineering, Finisar

Fireside Chat: The Roadmap to Next-Gen Network Innovation - Financing Leaders Speak Out
Moderator: John Dexheimer, President, Lightwave Advisors, Inc.
Where is investor capital flowing now and in the next several years? Get the insights of active investors that have helped create and fund the early ramp of some of the most innovative, high growth firms in the industry over the past 20 years--firms that have become the underpinnings of broadband infrastructure and the optical portfolios of Cisco, Ciena, Google, Broadcom, Motorola, Verizon, Intel, Mellanox, Oclaro and JDSU. Some of the questions they will be addressing are: 1) Where are the opportunities that they now have placed bets on and why? 2) Where are they advising portfolio firms to focus--in emerging technologies and firms or in large scale roll-outs? and 3) What are the next technical and market opportunities that interest them?

Hamid Arabzadeh, Founder/Funder of Ranovus, former CEO at CoreOptics (sold to CISCO in 2010), and angel investor (through Purple Angel and Spoke Technologies)

Doug Busch, Vice President and General Manager, Fiber Optic Products, Molex

Andrew Rickman, Founder, CEO and Chairman, Rockley Photonics, Inc.

Nikos Theodosopoulos, NT Advisors, LLC

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Join Executives from these Innovative Companies:
  • Avago Technologies
  • Broadcom
  • CenturyLink
  • China Telecom
  • Ciena
  • Dell
  • Equinix
  • Facebook
  • Finisar
  • Google
  • InnoLight Technology Corporation
  • JDSU
  • Microsoft
  • Molex
  • NT Advisors, LLC
  • Oracle Corporation
  • Ranovus
  • Rockley Photonics, Inc.
  • Telefonica
  • Verizon
  • Windstream Communications