Craig Williams is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Ciena, where he oversees the company’s Information Technology (IT) organization. In this role, he leads a team that creates strategies to make IT a competitive advantage for the business, including the implementation of advanced solutions, process improvement, advanced data, and analytics. A transformational technology leader, Craig is responsible for enterprise architecture, information security, governance, applications and solutions delivery, technology-enabled collaboration and worldwide systems operations. Craig has led the company’s migration to digital collaboration and mobile tools to create a seamless work environment for Ciena’s global workforce. Since joining the company in 2016, Craig has led a paradigm shift in the company’s IT department by creating innovative strategies that have greatly improved worker productivity. Craig brings nearly 30 years of experience spanning broad-based design leadership, implementations and support of new and emerging technologies in multiple industries. Craig has a tenured career in the IT space, generating business success in complex and varied industries including High-Tech, Department of Defense (DoD), Commercial and Academic industries. Previous to Ciena, Craig has worked at Cigna Insurance, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Mitre, Cisco Systems, Red Hat and LinkedIn. Craig holds a Bachelor of Administration in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University and a Master of Science in Information & Telecommunication Systems from Johns Hopkins University.