Grain Management-backed LightRiver names Mike Jonas as CEO

Aug. 1, 2023
Company veteran steps in to take over top company spot from founder and CEO Glenn Johansen, who is retiring.

LightRiver, a vendor-neutral Optical Domain Control Software solutions provider, has tapped Mike Jonas as its new CEO. Jonas steps into the role following the retirement of founder and CEO Glenn Johansen. 

A 20-year company veteran, Jonas has served as president of customer operations for over ten years, leading business and technology development. His experience spans multiple areas, including developing and applying software, hardware, and manufacturing technologies to mobile and wireless, and rugged computing platforms for the military, law enforcement and automotive industries in various C-suite positions. 

Jonas holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA.

“First, on behalf of everyone at LightRiver, I want to thank Glenn for his leadership in building an organization committed to integrity, excellence and innovation,” said Jonas. “I am excited to leverage that foundation as we take LightRiver to the next level, accelerating the adoption of open and disaggregated technologies, practical network automation and white glove managed services.”

Johansen praised Jonas’ efforts and his ability to advance the company forward. “Mike has been key in building LightRiver’s culture and business for over twenty years, and the Company could not be in better hands in pursuit of that next level of growth and success.”   

Established in 1998, LightRiver is a multi-vendor transport systems integrator for network operators, offering complete lifecycle hardware, software, services, and support solutions in multi-technology networking. It specializes in designing, procuring, delivering, and ongoing technical support of heterogeneous transport networks and the open software tools to discover, monitor, provision, and control multi-vendor packet optical networks.

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