Gary Smith is President and CEO of Ciena, a global leader in next-generation telecommunications infrastructure that enables high-capacity, intelligent networks. Under Smith’s leadership, Ciena has grown from approximately $300 million in annual revenue to nearly $2 billion in annual revenue run rate, with #1 market share in next-generation optical networking in North America and #3 market share worldwide. As one of the fastest-growing companies in the sector since 2001, Ciena’s 4000+ employees serve more than 1000 customers, including many of the world’s largest telecommunications service providers and cable operators, governments and enterprises. Smith is also Lead Outside Director for CommVault Systems, Inc.; a member of the Board of Directors at Avaya, Inc.; a commissioner of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission; a ‘Broadband Ambassador’ for the Internet Innovation Alliance; and, participates in initiatives with the Center for Corporate Innovation. Smith also previously served as a Board member at the American Electronics Association (now TechAmerica). Smith earned an MBA from Ashridge Management College in the UK. He is an avid runner, mountain biker, and tennis and squash player. He lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.