OCTOBER 11 – 12, 2023 | Richardson, TX

5G Americas 2023 Analyst Forum Speakers

Kevin Wade

Sr Director
Portfolio Marketing


Kevin Wade is Senior Director of Product Marketing at Blue Planet, a division of Ciena. In this role, Kevin is responsible for leading the Blue Planet portfolio marketing team, as well as for driving the creation of programs to drive market awareness and market share for Ciena’s Blue Planet software suite.


Kevin has more than 20 years of experience with successful start-ups and public companies in the networking industry, targeting both the service provider and enterprise markets.  Kevin joined Ciena through the Cyan acquisition, where he was responsible for the company’s product marketing and field marketing activities.

Rafael Francis

Senior Director of Solution Architecture


Rafael Francis has over 20 years of experience in networking and telecommunications and is currently the Senior Director of Solution Architecture at Ciena. In this role, he leads his team in defining next-generation solutions and strategy.


Prior to joining Ciena, Rafael was the VP of Product Management for Cyan Inc., where he was responsible for Cyan’s Z-Series packet-optical portfolio and Blue Planet SDN software, including its initial launch. He also held product management leadership positions at ECI Telecom, Laurel Networks and FORE Systems. His knowledge and contributions in next-generation networking and its business applications have been demonstrated through various conference speaking engagements and articles.