Rob Tomkins

Senior Director - Software Innovations, Ciena

Rob Tomkins has a history of successfully evolving established technologies, customers, and organizations with new technologies or customers.  His early days including coding TCP/IP for IBM mainframes and pioneering OSPF on a Class A Cisco router network to make it a multi-vendor network.  His passion as a progressive agent of change drove him to accept roles in product line management for new IP solutions on routers, frame relay, ATM , and ethernet switches and pioneered ethernet client interfaces on optical & TDM switches. In technology and strategy roles, he’s helped to converge acquired portfolios, introduce coherent optics to the content provider market, and develop expertise in deep packet inspection, big data analytics, software defined networking, and video content assurance.