Intune Networks appoints Arthur Smith as Chief Operating Officer

Former Ciena COO brings his experience to Intune

Dublin 17th May 2012


Intune Networks is delighted to announce the appointment of Arthur Smith as its Chief Operating Officer.


Prior to joining Intune, Arthur Smith served as a Senior Vice President with Ciena Corporation in Baltimore, MD, where he held the role of Chief Operating Officer. 


Commenting on his appointment Dr. Smith said, “Intune have developed industry-leading technology in optical burst switching and I am delighted to be part of the company. The ability to switch packets all-optically over a distributed switching platform will revolutionise the way networks are built.  I'm really looking forward to working with the fast-paced and innovative team here at Intune .”


Ian Jenks, CEO of Intune Networks, added, "Having someone of Arthur’s stature join Intune will be a great complement to the existing team. Solving the combined challenges of traffic growth and greater connectivity promises to create a tremendous demand for our technology, and Arthur's skills and industry experience will be key in helping us through the next stage of our growth."


About Intune Networks Limited (


Intune Networks have developed a new networking technology, allowing telecoms operators to build networks that are far simpler to operate and with much greater connectivity than previously possible.


Intune have created a new way of switching packets over long distances, creating an optical Ethernet switch fabric that can switch packets in real-time across hundreds of kilometres. Intune's technology uses tuneable LASERs to switch packets using the emerging OBS (Optical Burst Switching) standard. This reduces network complexity and drastically reduces the number of network components required, as well as making bandwidth instantly available to any point in the network.


Intune are a venture-backed start-up and are headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with offices in the United States and further research and development facilities in Belfast in the UK.


Arthur Smith, Ph.D. Biography


Arthur Smith joined Intune Networks in April, 2012 as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Dr. Smith served as a Senior Vice President with Ciena Corporation and held the role of Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Smith also led the integration of Nortel’s Metro Ethernet group after Ciena acquired it in 2010. Prior to these appointments, he held a variety of roles in engineering, operations and customer service after joining Ciena in 1997.


From 1988 to 1997, Dr. Smith was employed by Bell Northern Research in Ottawa, Canada and Harlow, England as a research engineer in optoelectronics.


Dr. Smith holds both a B.Eng. and a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.