As Infinera’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) since October 2018, David Heard is responsible for leading the innovation of new solutions and the overall operation excellence of the company, overseeing functions including corporate development, facilities, human resources, information technology, marketing, operations, product lifecycle management, quality, research and development and services. Since joining Infinera in June 2017, he has led product realization, driving product delivery within time, scope, cost and quality parameters. Mr. Heard is also responsible for defining corporate strategy, planning and objectives, systems and processes. Mr. Heard brings a proven track record of technology industry leadership, with more than 25 years of success in the industry. Most recently, Mr. Heard served as President of Network and Service Enablement at JDS Uniphase from 2010 to 2015, where he led transformation and increased shareholder value by over 50 percent, and as COO at BigBand Networks (now Arris) from 2007 to 2010, where he took the company public and improved its overall operational fitness and customer engagement. Earlier roles included President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Somera (now Jabil), where he turned the company profitable, took it public, and increased the value of its intellectual property and President and General Manager, Switching Division, at Tekelec (now Oracle), where he grew revenues, expanded the product portfolio and successfully transitioned in Santera Systems, where he had been President and CEO, following its acquisition.
Mr. Heard holds a B.A. in Production and Operations Management from Ohio State University, an MBA from the University of Dayton and an M.S. in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow.