Ciena names Jamie Jefferies as vice president and general manager, EMEA

HANOVER, MD – Ciena has named Jamie Jefferies as vice president and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). An established industry veteran, Jamie will leverage his experience in-region as well as internationally to build upon Ciena’s current success in EMEA.

Jeffries’ notable achievements at Ciena include his success leading the Verizon account. Most recently, Jamie led the Ciena team that supported Verizon’s One Network initiative, a strategic effort to consolidate and operate a single seamless network infrastructure in which Ciena played a key role with its WaveLogic coherent optical and Packet Networking platforms.

Jeffries has more than 30 years of experience in the communications sector and more than 15 years of leadership experience in both the U.S. and European markets, spanning sales, engineering, operations, project management and business development. Before joining Ciena, he held several global sales and leadership positions at Nortel Networks. He led the Major Account teams in EMEA for Nortel Networks’ MEN division for five years and continue to lead after the Ciena acquisition for another eight years.

Commented: Jason Phipps, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ciena: ‘We always look to develop talent within the company and we’re delighted that one of our rising stars is taking on our most senior role in EMEA to develop the team and grow our operation. I’m confident Jamie’s innovative thinking, leadership and vision for the region will help drive our continued success.’

Added Jefferies: ‘I am honoured and humbled to be appointed to lead Ciena’s business in EMEA. I look forward to building on the company’s success in transforming service provider networks to be more adaptive and able to respond, in real time, to end users’ ever-changing demands.’

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