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Carl Russo

Chairman of the Board

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Calix. I have over 30 years of experience in the networking and telecommunications industries.

Prior to taking an active role with Calix in December 2002, I was a member of the Calix board of directors. Before that, I was vice president of optical strategy and group vice president of optical networking for Cisco. I joined Cisco in 1999 as a result of the acquisition of Cerent Corporation, where I was president and CEO.

Before Cerent, I was COO at Xircom (later acquired by Intel), where I was responsible for sales, marketing, development, and manufacturing of all Xircom products. I also held executive management positions at Network Systems Corporation (later acquired by StorageTek) and at AT&T Paradyne. At Network Systems, I was the senior vice president and general manager for the Hyperchannel Networking Group, and at AT&T Paradyne I was vice president and general manager of the data networking products division.I attended Swarthmore College and previously served on its board of managers.



Calix, Inc. is a telecommunications company that specializes in providing software platforms, systems, and services to support the delivery of broadband services. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.[1]

Calix provides cloud, software platforms, systems and services to communications service providers.

Calix maintains facilities in Petaluma, CA, Minneapolis, MN, San Jose, CA, Richardson, TX in the USA and facilities in Nanjing, China and Bangalore, India.