Ciena appoints Francois Locoh-Donou as COO

Ciena COO Francois Locoh-Donou

Ciena has appointed Francois Locoh-Donou as chief operating officer (COO) – responsible for Ciena’s global field organization, including the global sales and services functions.

He will be retaining his existing responsibility for research and development, product management, supply chain and quality functions.

Locoh-Donou joined Ciena in 2002 and has served as senior VP, Global Products Group since August 2011. Previously, he served as VP and GM, EMEA, with responsibility for expanding Ciena’s sales and other operations in that region.

Meanwhile, Ciena today said its revenue fell to $602.9 million fiscal third quarter 2015 from $603.6 million in the fiscal third quarter 2014. Ciena’s Q3 net income dropped to $23.6 million from $16.2 million.

Ciena generated $408 million revenue from Converged Packet Optical, $57.2 million from Packet Networking, $17.5 million from Optical Transport and $120.2 million from Software and Services.

64.6 percent (66.8 percent in Q3 fiscal 2014)) of Ciena revenue during the third quarter came from North America, 15.5 percent (16.6 percent) from Europe, Middle East and Africa, 10.8 percent (11.1 percent) from Caribbean and Latin America and 9.1 percent (5.5 percent) from Asia Pacific including India. U.S. customers contributed 59.8 percent of total revenue.

Gary B Smith, president and CEO of Ciena, said: “Despite short-term revenue headwinds related to the timing of network implementations at certain large service provider customers, fundamental demand drivers for our business remain strong.”

Ciena expects fiscal fourth quarter 2015 revenue of $665 to $700 million. This includes revenue from the recently acquired Cyan business.

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