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19 January 2016

Infinera appoints former Altera president & CEO Daane to board

Infinera Corp of Sunnyvale, CA, USA, a vertically integrated manufacturer of digital optical transport networking systems incorporating its own indium phosphide-based photonic integrated circuits (PICs), has appointed John P. Daane to its board of directors.

Infinera says that Daane has a deep understanding of high-performance programmable networking components and the networking ecosystems, especially pertaining to data-center and cloud architectures. This background, coupled with experience leading high-tech firms renowned for their innovation and growth, will be instrumental as Infinera continues its own innovation and growth trajectory expanding into new markets, the firm reckons.

Daane was president, CEO & board member of Altera Corp (a semiconductor company focused on programmable networking chips) from November 2000 through to Altera's acquisition by Intel Corp in December 2015. Daane also served as Altera's chairman of the board from May 2003 to December 2015. Prior to joining Altera, Daane spent 15 years at semiconductor manufacturer LSI Logic Corp in positions starting as an engineering intern and ending as executive VP of the Communications Products Divisions including the Networking, Wireless, Telecom, Computer and Consumer Divisions, and central engineering. He also served as a board member of the Semiconductor Industry Association from January 2003 through December 2015.

"Under John's leadership, Altera expanded its market position, growing into a multi-billion dollar company," notes Infinera's chairman of the board Kambiz Hooshmand. "John's perspectives and experience will be invaluable to Infinera as we embark on a similar journey of market share and revenue expansion. In addition, John's deep understanding of the networking ecosystem will prove valuable as the importance of scalable optics and intelligent transport networking in cloud architectures continues to evolve," he adds.

"The cloud and data-center networking markets are a significant and growing opportunity," comments John P. Daane. "I look forward to working with the team to expand the impact and importance of Intelligent Transport Networks."

Infinera also announced the retirement of Carl Redfield from its board. Redfield has served as director since 2006 and will not stand for re-election at the upcoming 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. "For nearly a decade, Carl has guided Infinera's growth and expansion," says CEO Tom Fallon. "Carl's leadership was instrumental to the company's transition from a start-up to a leader in the optical transport market."

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