Infinera Corp. of Sunnyvale, Calif., announced that Chairman and CEO Jagdeep Singh plans to step down Jan. 1, 2010, as leader of the day-to-day operations of the company and become executive chairman. Chief Operating Officer Tom Fallon will succeed Singh as president and CEO. Singh, one of the three founders of Infinera, will remain actively involved, working with Fallon and the executive team on product strategy and long-term direction of the company, Infinera said. Fallon joined Infinera in 2004 and served as vice president, engineering and operations, through 2006, when he was named COO. Singh said of Fallon, "He spent many years in management at Cisco, including his role as VP and GM of Cisco's optical business unit. He is one of the veterans of the Infinera management team, having joined us early in our development, and has led an increasingly broad set of functional groups at our company over the years." Infinera makes photonic integrated circuits, or PICs, for optical communications networks.