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February 8, 2017

Notice to Ciena Employees    

Availability of Proxy Materials & Ciena Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Each year Ciena stockholders have the opportunity to participate in the governance of our company by submitting proxies and voting at our Annual Meeting. This year's meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. As noted in today's press release, our Annual Meeting will be completely virtual and held online at

If you were a Ciena stockholder as of January 26, 2017, the record date for this year's Annual Meeting, you will soon receive a Notice that your proxy materials are available online. The Notice will detail the items that are on the agenda for stockholder consideration at this year's Annual Meeting. These include:

the election of three nominees to serve as Class II directors;
the approval of Ciena’s 2017 Omnibus Incentive Plan;
the ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers as our auditors for fiscal 2017;
an advisory vote on our named executive officer compensation; and
an advisory vote on the frequency of future stockholder advisory votes on our named executive officer compensation.

The Notice you receive will explain how to access our proxy materials online and how to vote your shares. This year, in addition to traditional voting methods, we are providing stockholders the ability to vote via mobile device. 

Even if you are not a Ciena stockholder, you may be interested in reviewing our Fiscal 2016 Annual Report as well as our proxy statement for the Annual Meeting — both of which are available online at Printed copies of our proxy materials can be obtained by completing the information request form accessible on that same webpage. As in the past, we will provide printed copies of the Annual Report to the receptionist or facilities coordinator at each major Ciena facility for distribution to employees, customers and visitors as needed.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact Amanda Norton in Ciena's Investor Relations department directly at 410.865.8989 or by email at