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Dan Getachew

ORG Ciena Title Chief Technology Officer BIO Dan has worked for Ciena for nine years, most recently as senior director of PLM for core switching products, before taking on the role of CTO of CGSI. In his current position he provides primary technical and product support to the government team and the larger customer base, as well as providing a liaison for the requirements from the CGSI world back into Ciena R&D. He has extensive knowledge of optical switching and complex network layout and optimization schemes. His expertise includes technical leadership and project management in the architecture, design, and simulation of end-to-end communication systems, particularly optical and core infrastructures in high-speed telecommunication networks. Dan currently resides with his family in Montgomery County, Maryland, where he grows organic apples as a part-time farmer.