June 24, 2024

Chris Bayly Leads Charge of Ciena As Its MD Saudi Arabia

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Bayly will provide strategic leadership for Ciena’s growth plans in the Kingdom, leveraging opportunities unleashed by Vision 2030
Chris Bayly, Managing Director Saudi Arabia, Ciena. Image Courtesy: Ciena / Aqua Comms / Fennell Photography Fennell Photography

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

Virginie Hollebecque, Vice President and Leader of Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Ciena

Virginie Hollebecque, Vice President and Leader of Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Ciena commented on the appointment of Chris Bayly stating “The Middle East region is an important market for Ciena, especially with the exciting opportunities unfolded by the Saudi Vision 2030 national agenda. 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.”

Chris Bayly, Managing Director of Saudi Arabia, Ciena stated “Joining Ciena during a time when the company is aligning its cutting-edge networking solutions with Saudi’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. My focus will be to support Ciena’s mission of enabling a connected and thriving digital economy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Industry sources added that with over 30 years of Industry expertise Bayly joins Ciena from Aqua Comms, 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.

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