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LAMBDA OPTICALSYSTEMS APPOINTS IRFAN ALI PRESIDENT
AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Ali to Lead Growing Optical Network Solutions
Reston, VA, August 10, 2004 –
Lambda OpticalSystems, an advanced optical network solutions provider,
today announced that Irfan Ali has joined the company as president
and chief executive officer. Ali will lead the company, applying
his extensive experience in the telecommunications industry to manage
Lambda OpticalSystems ’ continued growth as a provider of
sophisticated optical network management tools and all-optical switches
to telecommunications carriers and government agencies.
“Irfan’s impressive background with
leading telecommunications and networking companies will be invaluable
to Lambda OpticalSystems as we continue to deliver superior optical
networking technologies to our customers,” said Dr. John C.W.
Taylor, Chairman, Lambda OpticalSystems. “He understands the
industry and the monumental challenges that both carriers and government
agencies currently face. We are pleased to have Irfan lead our talented
team as we continue to grow.”
Prior to joining Lambda OpticalSystems, Ali served
as president of CommWorks Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary
of 3Com. During his tenure, CommWorks Corporation’s business
grew to an annual run-rate of $670 million through an effective
shift in business focus to IP-based multi-service networking for
large carriers on a global basis. The company’s list of customers
included AT&T, China Telecom, China Unicom, KDDI, KPN, MCI,
Sprint, SK Telecom, Telefonica, and Verizon. Prior to this position,
Ali was vice president of marketing for 3Com’s carrier networks
business unit, where he led development of the company’s global
business, with particular focus on Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Previously, Ali worked for Newbridge Networks,
Inc. (acquired by Alcatel in May 2000), where he first served as
assistant vice president, building the ATM and frame relay businesses
for the company. Subsequently, he served as vice president of marketing
for Newbridge Networks, Inc. Prior to that, Ali worked for Nortel,
both as part of the scientific staff and in market development.
He was also founder of the ATM Forum.
Ali holds a masters degree in business administration
and a masters of science degree in electrical engineering from the
Southern Methodist University.
About Lambda OpticalSystems
Lambda OpticalSystems, an advanced optical
network solutions provider, is committed to the development of next-generation
all-optical networks that enable signals to pass through the core
without conversion– enhancing network management efficiency
and affordability. Sevin Rosen Funds and ComVentures, two very highly
respected venture firms with strong track records in successful
telecommunications companies’ investments and business development,
incorporated the company in March of 2003. With a clear new vision
for its future, Lambda OpticalSystems has developed and brought
to market a complete family of optical networking products which
allow end-to-end services delivery and network management over all-optical
networks at the individual wavelength level.
Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Lambda
OpticalSystems also operates an additional product development location
in Holmdel, New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.lambdaopticalsystems.com
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