Kevin Wade, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Blue Planet
Kevin Wade is Senior Director of Product Marketing for Ciena’s Blue Planet software portfolio. In this role, Kevin is responsible for leading the Blue Planet product marketing team, as well as for driving the creation of programs to drive market awareness and market share for Ciena’s industry-leading SDN/NFV orchestration, analytics and management software solutions.
Kevin has more than 20 years of experience in the networking industry with successful start-ups and public companies, targeting both the service provider and enterprise markets. Kevin joined Ciena through the Cyan acquisition, where he was responsible for the company’s product marketing and field marketing activities.
Before joining Cyan in 2012, Kevin was Sr. Director of Product Marketing with Force10 Networks (now Dell Force10) and also held product marketing positions with Ascend (now part of Nokia) and Cabletron (now Extreme Networks).
An accomplished technology marketer, Kevin has presented at leading industry conferences including Supercomm, Comptel, and Cable-Tech Expo, and has published articles in trade magazines such as Data Center Knowledge and Lightwave. Kevin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Northern Arizona University in 1993.
Abel Tong, Senior Director, Solutions Marketing, Blue Planet Division
Abel Tong is Senior Director of Solutions Marketing for Ciena’s Blue Planet Division. He is responsible for helping to transform networks through the application of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), to deliver value and create new services, and to simplify network operations for Ciena’s customers.
Abel has over 15 years of networking and telecommunications systems experience and has been an active blogger, speaker, and thought leader in the industry. Abel joined Ciena through the acquisition of Cyan. Prior to Cyan, Abel ran Marketing for Omnitron and led the launch of several Carrier Ethernet products. Abel has also held positions at Aktino, Calix, ADC and Pairgain.Abel is also a long-time contributor to the MEF.
Abel leads MEF’s Project UNITE, an industry wide collaborative initiative bringing standards development organizations together to create the building blocks for Lifecycle Service Orchestration and Third Network. Abel is also a member of Open Cloud Connect (OCC), Open Daylight and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).