Ciena veteran Mike Aquino joins Overture as president and CEO

Telecom Lead America: Overture, a Carrier Ethernet edge and aggregation provider, has appointed Mike Aquino as president and CEO.

Ciena veteran Mike Aquino joins Overture as president and CEO

Before joining Overture, Aquino worked with Ciena, where he held a number of executive positions.

Aquino will be responsible for guiding Overture through its next phase of customer and revenue growth worldwide.

At present, 5 of the top 7 global Carrier Ethernet Service Providers and 8 of the top 10 USA-based Carrier Ethernet Service Providers deploy Overture products.

Co-founder and current CEO Jeff Reedy will continue with the company as Overture’s Chief Strategy Officer.

“Overture has an outstanding base of customers globally, comprised of wireline, wireless, and MSO service providers as well as government and municipality network operators. They’ve become a market leader by providing innovative Carrier Ethernet solutions. I look forward to leading Overture in continuing to broaden our customer base and enable service providers to leverage Carrier Ethernet to scale revenue, streamline operational costs, and deliver highly differentiated services to their end-user customers,” Aquino said.

Aquino has over 30 years of experience.

During Aquino’s tenure at Ciena, the company’s annual revenue grew from $400 Million in 2002 to more than $1.7 billion in 2011.

Aquino assisted Ciena with the integration of multiple acquisitions, including World Wide Packets and Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Networks business. Prior to Ciena, Aquino held leadership positions at ONI Systems (acquired by Ciena), Bay Networks (acquired by Nortel Networks), and IBM Corporation.

“Mike’s successful track record in customer relationships, profitable revenue growth, sound operational experience, and strong leadership skills is ideally suited to lead Overture going forward,” said John Gerdelman, Overture’s Chairman of the Board.

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