Infinera expands leadership team, increasing focus on growth and operational efficiency
Friday, Jan 12, 2018
Infinera, the leading provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, announced the appointment of two new executives, increasing the company’s focus on growth and operational efficiency. Glenn Laxdal joins Infinera as senior vice president of product management and Alexander Derecho joins Infinera as senior vice president of global customer service. The new positions report to David Heard, general manager of the recently established Product Realization organization, and are instrumental in bringing Infinera’s optical networking innovations to market faster with a focus on improving the company’s bottom line.

As senior vice president of product management, Glenn Laxdal is tasked with driving profitable growth of Infinera’s industry-leading optical networking portfolio with an expanded go-to-market approach. Previously, Mr. Laxdal was head of Ericsson North America’s multi-billion dollar network products business, overseeing strategy, product management and solution development. Mr. Laxdal also served as chief technology officer and head of strategy for Ericsson North America. Prior to Ericsson, Mr. Laxdal served as vice president of global product management at Research in Motion.

As senior vice president of global customer service, Alex Derecho is tasked with growing Infinera’s global services business while continuing to deliver the differentiated Infinera experience. Previously, Mr. Derecho served as the senior vice president of global services and support at Harmonic Inc. Mr. Derecho helped establish Harmonic as a premier provider of digital media infrastructure solutions. Prior to Harmonic, Mr. Derecho held various executive leadership positions with telecommunications equipment providers.

“As we increase the cadence and breadth of our industry-leading portfolio of optical networking platforms, I’m excited at the opportunity to align top notch talent with disruptive technology. This combination will continue to deliver unprecedented economic and operational advantage to Infinera’s customers,” said David Heard, Infinera general manager of Product Realization. “I expect Glenn and Alex will be great partners, working to increase the reach of our optical networking solutions into new markets and applications. Their appointments reflect the significant opportunity ahead for Infinera.”

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