SOURCE: Xirrus


February 22, 2012 11:00 ET

Xirrus Appoints Calix CEO Carl Russo to Board of Directors

Telecommunications Industry Veteran and Former Cisco Executive Brings Industry Leadership and Strong Operational Background to Bolster Xirrus' Next Phase of Growth

THOUSAND OAKS, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 22, 2012) - Xirrus®, the leader in high-performance wireless networking, announced today the addition of Carl Russo to its Board of Directors. Currently president and CEO of Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX), a global leader in access innovation and provider of broadband communications access systems and software to over 1000 communications service providers worldwide, Russo has a history of leading innovative communications companies to positions of market leadership. In his new board member position, Russo will help guide Xirrus' growth and expansion as the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks.

"Carl offers the leadership and operational excellence that has helped drive Calix to a leadership position in North American broadband access, and his expertise will help Xirrus scale and expand its operations to seize new growth opportunities," said Dirk Gates, founder and CEO of Xirrus. "Our vision has always been to lead the transformation from wired to wireless, and Carl joins a team of proven industry veterans who have us well on our way to getting there."

"Xirrus operates in a market that is exploding with opportunities driven by the proliferation of broadband-enabled subscriber devices and accelerating wireless traffic growth. Xirrus has a differentiated set of technology assets that uniquely allows the company to expand its leadership position in high-performance Wi-Fi Infrastructure and to accelerate market expansion and company growth," said Russo. "Having worked with the key leaders at Xirrus during my tenure at Xircom, I am delighted to join Dirk and such a talented team."

A Board of Directors member at Calix since the company's inception in 1999, Russo assumed his role as president and CEO in 2002. Russo also served as vice president of optical strategy and group vice president of optical networking for Cisco from 1999 to 2002 -- a role he assumed after Cisco acquired Cerent, where he was president and CEO.

Prior to Cerent, he served as COO at Xircom (later acquired by Intel), where he was responsible for sales, marketing, development, and manufacturing. He has also held executive management positions at Network Systems Corporation (later acquired by StorageTek) and at AT&T Paradyne. Russo also currently serves on the board of directors for Vital Network Services, and is on the board of trustees at Swarthmore College.

About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. Our array-based solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances -- always. Their wired-like reliability and superior security allow our customers to confidently take their business-critical applications and operations mobile. Our solutions are unique in the industry, transforming enterprises and organizations around the world. At a time when everyone expects to connect wirelessly everywhere and business is increasingly done in the cloud, Xirrus wireless solutions are providing a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage in thousands of deployments worldwide. Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA, Xirrus is a privately held enterprise designing and manufacturing its products and solutions in the USA.

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