Rick Hamilton is the Senior Vice President at Blue Planet, a division of Ciena. Hamilton is responsible for Ciena’s Blue Planet software platform and global services organization, including consulting and support services for designing, deploying, managing and maintaining communications networks.
Prior to this role, Hamilton served as the Corporate Vice President, Professional Services, for Juniper Networks and had a 11 year career at Cisco Systems. At Cisco, he lead services organizations from each of Cisco’s service lines. He was the GM for Cisco Systems Cloud and Managed Services business, Cisco Managed Security Service business, Professional Services Leader for their Global Enterprise Accounts and the combined PS Enterprise business and Technical Services organization in the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR) region. Hamilton has effectively worked and lived in EMEA and Asia and has served all of Cisco’s developed and developing markets.
Before joining Cisco, Hamilton was Senior Vice President and CIO of The DFS Group (a division of LVMH Group), a luxury retailer catering to the traveling audience. Previously, he led the Applications and Technology Services team that serviced 135 stores throughout the United States for Cost Plus World Market, and he led the applications development team for Discovery Channel’s consumer division.
Hamilton holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in software engineering from Golden Gate University. A licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor, he also holds an undergraduate degree in aeronautics.