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New managing director for Ciena

Saad Khan will head Ciena’s Middle East operations from Abu Dhabi

Khan will push business growth for Ciena in the Middle East.
Khan will push business growth for Ciena in the Middle East.

Ciena Corporation, the network solutions specialist, has announced the appointment of Saad Khan as its new regional managing director in the Middle East.

Based out of the company's Abu Dhabi office, Khan is responsible for the overall management and growth of Ciena's business in the increasingly important region.

Following its recent market entry into the Middle East, which included deploying networks for several key telecommunications service providers in the region and lighting up the Middle East's first 100G network, Ciena is today focusing on leveraging its dedicated team of sales, services and technical support specialists for sustained, dynamic growth in the region.

With more than 15 years in the telecoms industry, most recently as vice president of services group, Middle East and Africa, at Alcatel-Lucent, Khan brings an impressive combination of extensive industry knowledge and operational management expertise to ensure that Ciena's success in the region continues.

"I am thrilled to see Saad join our already outstanding Middle East team and look forward to seeing our business in the region continue to strengthen under his leadership," said Eric Sele, vice president, divisional sales for South and Central Europe, Middle East and Africa. "With our presence in the Middle East now firmly established, Saad adds excellent operational management experience to enable Ciena to continue expanding our regional footprint and building even stronger relationships with local customers."

Khan holds an MBA degree from University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Northeastern University, Chicago.