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Rod Naphan

Chief Technology Officer & SVP of Solutions & Portfolio Planning at Fujitsu Network Communications


Rod Naphan, CTO & Senior Vice President of Solutions and Portfolio Planning at Fujitsu Network Communications, is the architect of the Fujitsu networking vision and portfolio. Rod provides executive leadership to the organization that engages the industry, imagines the possibilities inherent in technology as a source of digital transformation, and defines the future products and solutions for Fujitsu Network Communications.

Rod has broad experience in the planning, development and promotion of networking platforms. Over his 28 years in the communications industry, he has held various hands-on leadership roles in software and systems design engineering, program management, and product line management across several generations of industry leading communications equipment and software solutions. Prior to joining Fujitsu, Rod worked as a software engineer at Bell Northern Research in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

At Fujitsu Network Communications, Rod has been a champion for diversity in the workplace, and is a proud supporter of the Women’s Innovative Network (WIN), an internal program designed to promote diversity overall and support women’s growth and success in particular. He believes that a diverse employee base provides Fujitsu with innumerable benefits, including increased creativity, innovation and profitable growth.

Rod serves on the Board of Directors for ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions) and ONOS/CORD (Open Network Operating System/Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter, open source software defined networking projects). He has served on technical advisory boards for CIAN (Center for Integrated Access Networks, an NSF sponsored university research center of excellence) and for various device technology companies.

Rod holds a BSc. in Honors Computing and Computer Electronics from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a MASc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario.