Joe Cumello appointed as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Blue Planet, a division of Ciena.

Cumello has served as Ciena’s Senior Vice President, Global Marketing & Communications since September 2020, and previously as Vice President, Global Marketing & Partners. He rejoined the company in 2015 through its acquisition of Cyan, where he served as Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the company’s management team, which introduced Blue Planet to the industry.

In his new role, Cumello continues reporting to President and CEO Gary Smith, and will be responsible for all aspects of driving the next phase of growth for the company’s Blue Planet division.

“Joe possesses a strong software pedigree, coupled with a deep understanding of Ciena’s corporate strategy and market positioning strengths, that will drive our Blue Planet business forward in alignment with market dynamics and customer demand,” said Gary Smith, president and CEO, Ciena.

In the networking industry for more than 30 years, Cumello initially joined Ciena in 2004 through its acquisition of Internet Photonics. Following that, he held executive roles at Sidera Networks and SafeNet. He then joined Cyan in 2013 before rejoining Ciena. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.