SOURCE: Infinera


August 06, 2009 08:00 ET

Infinera Names Ron Martin Vice President, Worldwide Sales

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - August 6, 2009) - Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) has appointed Ron Martin Vice President for Worldwide Sales. Mr. Martin joins Infinera with a distinguished thirty-year track record at some of the most successful companies in the networking industry. He joins Infinera's world-class sales executive team, including Scott Chandler and Howard Lukens, who led Infinera's sales team to #1 market share in the North American long-haul market (according to data from independent analyst firm Ovum) and to international customer wins including Germany's leading service provider Deutsche Telekom, Nordic-based international carrier Telia Sonera, and NTT Communications of Japan, the world's second largest service provider.

Ron Martin has extensive experience building and managing large international optical networking businesses. From 1987 to 2001, Mr. Martin worked at Fujitsu Network Communications, based in Richardson, Texas, where he played a key role in Fujitsu's growth to become one of the largest suppliers of optical systems to leading US telecom companies. In those years, FNC grew from a $30 million company to a $3 billion organization with 3000 employees worldwide. Mr. Martin held several roles at FNC culminating in the position of Chief Operating Officer. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Martin was at Cisco Systems, where he served as Vice-President and General Manager of Cisco's optical business unit. Mr. Martin was involved in the consolidation of multiple international Cisco acquisitions into one streamlined business unit, the success of several optical products, and the leadership of a business unit with revenues that reached more than $1 billion a year. From 2007 until last month, Mr. Martin was at Adva Optical Networking, where he served as Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer and president of Adva's North American subsidiary. In his time at Adva, he successfully built the Adva brand in the US market and led the creation of a US direct sales force.

"I am excited to join Infinera, a company with fantastic technology and a first-class management team," said Ron Martin. "I believe I bring the skills and experience to help Infinera continue its successes and become one of the giants of the industry."

Customer Focus

Infinera CEO Jagdeep Singh said, "Infinera lives and dies by the professionalism and capability of its sales team. Based on what our customers tell us, we believe Infinera has the easiest and most transparent sales experience in the industry. We're thrilled to have Ron on our team to help us as we drive the business forward."

Infinera products include the Infinera DTN, the first optical system based on large-scale photonic integrated circuits. Combining high-capacity DWDM transport, integrated digital bandwidth management, and GMPLS-powered service intelligence in a single platform, the DTN is deployed in long-haul and metro networks worldwide.

About Infinera

Infinera provides Digital Optical Networking systems to telecommunications carriers worldwide. Infinera's systems are unique in their use of a breakthrough semiconductor technology: the photonic integrated circuit (PIC). Infinera's systems and PIC technology are designed to provide customers with simpler and more flexible engineering and operations, faster time-to-service, and the ability to rapidly deliver differentiated services without reengineering their optical infrastructure. For more information, please visit

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to Infinera as of the date hereof; and actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Infinera's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. Such forward-looking statements can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipated," "believed," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include aggressive business tactics by our competitors, our dependence on a single product, our ability to protect our intellectual property, claims by others that we infringe their intellectual property, our manufacturing process is very complex, product performance problems we may encounter, our dependence on sole or limited source suppliers, our ability to respond to rapid technological changes, our ability to maintain effective internal controls, the ability of our contract manufacturers to perform as we expect, a new technology being developed that replaces the PIC as the dominant technology in optical networks, general political, economic and market conditions and events, including war, conflict or acts of terrorism; and other risks that may impact Infinera's business are set forth in our annual report Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on February 17, 2009, as well as subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. These statements are based on information available to us as of the date hereof and we disclaim any obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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