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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.

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September 12, 2018

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Network Modernization: A TDM to IP Solution Webinar and White Paper

Join us on Sept. 13, 2018 for our Network Modernization: A TDM to IP Solution webinar and download the white paper. Cisco, Heavy Reading and Verizon have teamed up to show you how CEM can be used for SONET/SDH migration today.

Cisco Named Optical Network Market Leader by IHS

Cisco continues to be on the leading edge, driving optical industry innovation for our customers. Today, I’m pleased to announce that we have achieved the ranking of Optical Network Market Leader in the 2018 IHS Market Technology Vendor Scorecard.

Cisco Spring PONC Hits the Mark Following a Successful OFC

We are helping our customers navigate a changing landscape, and PONC presents a unique opportunity to gather Cisco executives with industry experts for this two-day interactive event where presentations, panels, discussions, and highly informative breakouts take place.

January 26, 2018

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Verizon Achieves Technical Milestone with Cisco Solution

Solutions such as MPLS and circuit emulation are helping carriers like Verizon push the technology envelope and future proof networks.

December 5, 2017

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Fall PONC a Resounding Success in Rome, Italy

Cisco Italy PONC: invigorating experience covering from trends and network modernization to disaggregation and analyst market updates

October 31, 2017

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Maximizing Network Infrastructure Using Flexible Light Orchestration of Wavelengths

Data demands are on the rise, and service providers are looking for ways to maximize their networks. By using a new, flexible control plane, the software-driven network lets providers adjust their bandwidth automatically and take a proactive approach to the typical tradeoffs that exist between capacity and distance in the optical network.

Transport Modernization Can Help Service Providers Achieve Massive Footprint Savings

Before heading to OFC 2017, Bill Gartner connects with Verizon’s Vice President of Network Planning, Lee Hicks to get his perspective on Verizon’s network modernization plans.