Ciena appoints Chris Bayly as Managing Director of Saudi Arabia

Ciena appoints Chris Bayly as Managing Director of Saudi Arabia
Ciena appoints Chris Bayly as Managing Director of Saudi Arabia

Bayly will provide strategic leadership for Ciena’s growth plans in the Kingdom, leveraging opportunities unleashed by Vision 2030.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2024: Networking systems, services, and software company Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) has appointed Chris Bayly as Managing Director of Saudi Arabia. Bayly is responsible for Ciena’s regional strategy and business operations, focusing on addressing customer needs and opportunities in the market.

“The Middle East region is an important market for Ciena, especially with the exciting opportunities unfolded by the Saudi Vision 2030 national agenda,” said Virginie Hollebecque, Vice President and Leader of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at Ciena. “With Chris’ strong leadership and deep-rooted knowledge of the industry, we are confident in continuing our momentum in the region while supporting this pivotal time in Saudi Arabia’s digital transformation journey.”

“Joining Ciena at a time when the company is aligning its cutting-edge networking solutions with Saudi Arabia’s transformative plans is a privilege. Drawing on decades of regional industry insight, I look forward to expanding Ciena’s relationships with customers in the region,” said Chris Bayly, Managing Director of Saudi Arabia at Ciena. “My focus will be to support Ciena’s mission of enabling a connected and thriving digital economy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

With over 30 years of industry experience, Bayly joins Ciena from Aqua Communications, where he was Chief Commercial Officer for the last six years. His experience also includes running the Middle East and Africa region for Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), where he spent eight years working on establishing a network infrastructure in the region. Bayly began his career at Nortel Networks in the United Kingdom.

Ciena has been active in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East for close to 15 years. Through its leading network innovations, the company continues to work with service providers throughout the region to build adaptive and more sustainable networks that address surging bandwidth demands.

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