BTI Fills Out Executive Team to Drive Optical Edge Growth

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Increases segment focus to support cable and enterprise markets.

The addition of strong video, cable and enterprise talent to our executive team enhances our ability to meet the network application demands from our growing segments.

BTI Photonic Systems, a global supplier of Optical Edge microWDM networking solutions for the delivery of gigabit services, today announced that it has grown its executive team with a number of appointments to support the company's growth and new market segments.

Gary Southwell, formerly the General Manager of IPTV multi-play solutions at Juniper Networks, joins BTI as Vice President of Solutions Marketing, supporting the company's growing business for video solution build-outs. Gary brings over 20 years of experience driving companies into new markets, most recently at Juniper Networks where he secured market acceptance for the company's centralized IPTV routing and service delivery model. Prior to Juniper, Gary was Vice President of Marketing at Ciena Corporation and Internet Photonics. Gary was a Metro Ethernet Forum officer and founding member, and has held positions at Nortel Networks, Bay Networks and Motorola ISG.

Peter Dale, formerly Vice President of Cable Business Divisions for Ciena Corporation and Internet Photonics, joins BTI as Vice President Business Development. Peter brings 18 years of experience with a proven track record of introducing new technology applications and driving OEM and direct-to-enterprise sales. Prior to BTI, Peter was Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Optovia. Peter has a broad range of sales experience at companies including Narad Networks, Spring Tide Networks, Lucent Technologies, and Bay Networks.

"The demand for microWDM solutions that deliver high-bandwidth video and mobile Internet services continues to grow rapidly and it is crucial that BTI continue to set the leadership pace for the Optical Edge," said Lance Laking, President and CEO, BTI Photonic Systems. "The addition of strong video, cable and enterprise talent to our executive team enhances our ability to meet the network application demands from our growing segments."

The company also announced a series of internal appointments to scale up its business including James Worrall who was appointed as Vice President of EMEA Sales. James joined the BTI team in 2006 to initiate the company's efforts in EMEA and now heads the company's team, offices and EMEA business strategy. JC Fahmy was appointed Vice President Product Management. JC joined BTI in 2005 and assumes responsibility for leadership of the company's growing product portfolio.

In addition the company also appointed Franca Marinelli to the role of Vice President Organizational Development to support the company's growing business. Franca brings over 20 years of experience in the areas of strategic development, human resources management, organization effectiveness and mergers and acquisitions. Franca joins BTI from St. Joseph Communications where she was Vice President Organizational Development. Previously, Franca held executive human resources roles with Ciena Corporation, Catena and DRS Technologies.

About BTI Photonic Systems:
BTI Photonic Systems helps service providers respond rapidly and cost-effectively to the demand for bandwidth growth in today's gigabit world. BTI provides fiber optic systems to expand network fiber capacity by 100X to support the increase in network traffic driven by rich video applications and media content. BTI's Netstenderâ„¢ platform--the industry's first microWDM system -- extends high-bandwidth transport services to the Optical Edge. By consolidating key transport capabilities (DWDM/CWDM, optical multiplexing, amplification, dispersion compensation and wavelength translation) in a 2U platform, Netstender meets the stringent quality and usability requirements of service providers enabling them to dramatically improve the economics of delivering today's bandwidth hungry broadband internet, video and wireless services. For more information, visit


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