Michael Weening now president and CEO at Calix

Oct. 4, 2022
Weening joined Calix more than six years ago, serving in sales, services, marketing, products, and operations roles within Calix before being named president and chief operating officer in January 2021.

Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says that Michael Weening has added chief executive officer alongside his previous title of president. Weening replaces Carl Russo in the CEO chair; Russo will continue as chairman of the board.

Weening joined the broadband equipment, software, services, and cloud company more than six years ago, serving in sales, services, marketing, products, and operations roles within Calix before being named president and chief operating officer in January 2021 (see "Michael Weening now president and COO at Calix").

“I joined Calix in 2016 because I was inspired by the Calix strategy to completely transform the broadband market at a time when the industry required transformation,” said Weening. “I believe that Calix is a special company where I can partner with and learn from a visionary leader, Carl Russo, and the entire Calix team. Thanks to Carl’s leadership, we have completed the second phase of our evolution - from a networking innovator to the broadband industry’s only platform and cloud company. I am honored to lead Calix as we enter the third phase of our evolution. Today, Calix is delivering a unique portfolio of managed services. As we help broadband service providers simplify their businesses, we are also enabling them to excite their subscribers, and grow their value to their communities. Thanks to Carl’s leadership and the partnership of our innovative customers, we are positioned to accelerate our collective growth.”

“Michael has been a core leader and strategic contributor since joining Calix more than 6 years ago. In recent times, he has led the team as we have executed with excellence,” added Russo. “Michael has the right vision and leadership for Calix as we become an ecosystem partner for broadband service providers. I am excited that our partnership will continue as I shift my focus to leading the board in our mission to ensure that Calix stays in front of this enormous opportunity.”

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Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

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