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Bill Gartner

Senior Vice President/GM

Optical Systems & Optics Group

Bill Gartner is Senior Vice President/GM of of Cisco's Optical Systems and Optics Group. In this role, Bill has P&L responsibility for these businesses and is responsible for strategic direction, product development, product positioning and new product introduction.

Prior to joining Cisco, Bill was Chief Operating Officer of Meriton Networks (acquired by Xtera Networks). Prior to Meriton, Bill served as President and COO of Mahi Networks and COO of Photuris.

Before joining Photuris, he was Vice President and General Manager of Lucent's Optical Networking Systems business, responsible for Metro, Access, and Long Haul DWDM Products.

His earlier tenure in the industry included roles at AT&T Bell Labs and Paradyne.

Bill has served on the boards of OptronX (acquired by JDSU) and CyOptics.

Bill has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an Executive Master’s in Technology Management from University of Pennsylvania/Wharton. He is a University of Pennsylvania Moore Fellow, and holds three patents.

Articles

March 31, 2021

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Get Competitive by Simplifying Your Network

Our Cisco Routed Optical Networking solution transforms the economics of the Internet for the Future, where converged solutions integrate optics into any router or switch.

March 1, 2021

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Cisco Completes Acquisition of Acacia

Cisco completed its acquisition of Acacia Communications, Inc., a company that designs and manufactures high-speed optical interconnect products and technologies. Acacia’s technology is very complementary to Cisco’s optical systems and optics strategy and reinforces its investment in the Internet for the Future with world-class coherent optical solutions for our customers.

February 4, 2021

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Cisco to Drive Disaggregation Across Optical Vendor Ecosystem as Part of the Telecom Infra Project Phoenix Initiative

At Cisco, we are committed to powering an inclusive future, and our leadership with Telecom Infra Project (TIP) demonstrates our commitment to the industry to drive and accelerate innovation in IP and optical networks through collaboration, changing the way transport networks are deployed, extending and improving global connectivity.

January 13, 2020

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Cisco Makes Waves in Subsea Market

Cisco continues to be a leading optical transport vendor driving the subsea evolution. Learn how our solution is helping our customers keep up with current and future demands with more capacity, longer distance and lower cost per bit.

December 11, 2019

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Optics: Fundamental to Build the Internet for the Future

The power of the internet is about to change for good. Read how optics has a critical role in driving the architectural transitions.

Distance + Capacity = Cisco Sets Global Spectral Efficiency Record

The subsea market is booming, and Cisco continues to be a leading optical transport vendor driving this evolution.

Optics in the Data Center: Powering Ever-Increasing Capacity Demands

There is no end in sight to capacity growth demands as the internet continues to explode. Today's blog looks at trends in the data center and how Cisco's optics technologies deliver solutions that meet our customers’ time to deployment, performance, power and cost expectations.

July 9, 2019

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Cisco Announces Intent to Buy Acacia Communications; Helping Drive Significant Industry Network Architectural Shifts

Cisco announces the intent to buy Acacia Communications, a fabless semiconductor company, to build an industry-leading portfolio of optical, silicon, and software technologies to advance intent-based networking.