Ciena ® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced that President Obama has appointed Gary Smith, Ciena’s president and CEO, as a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), effective as of January 7, 2011. Mr. Smith joins an elite group of industry leaders from major telecommunications companies, network service providers and information technology, finance and aerospace companies, whose mission is to provide the President collaborative advice and expertise regarding telecommunications national security and emergency preparedness issues. “I am honored by this appointment and am proud to be part of an esteemed membership with a focus on securing and protecting the United States’ telecommunications infrastructure,” said Mr. Smith. “Ciena builds customer relationships with the highest levels of integrity and transparency, and I look forward to leveraging that experience in continuing the trusted public/private partnership as part of the NSTAC.” Mr. Smith joined Ciena in 1997 and has served as president and CEO since May 2001. He has served on Ciena’s Board of Directors since October 2000. About Ciena Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. With focused innovation, Ciena brings together the reliability and capacity of optical networking with the flexibility and economics of Ethernet, unified by a software suite that delivers the industry’s leading network automation. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit www.ciena.com. Note to Ciena Investors Forward-looking statements. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-K, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 22, 2010. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.