Executive Vice President, Corning Optical Communications
Clark Kinlin was appointed executive vice president, Corning Optical Communications in August 2012. Kinlin is responsible for worldwide production, development, and sales of optical fiber, cable, and connectivity solutions used in Carrier and Enterprise Networks. As leader of the business group, Kinlin is focused on pursuing growth opportunities that drive optical conversion to every ‘edge’ of the communications network.
Kinlin joined Corning in 1981, and started in the Specialty Materials division, where he served in the Sales and Marketing organization and subsequently led several strategy projects focused on Corning’s expanding interests in Asia. From 1985 to 1995, Kinlin worked in the Optical Fiber division where he drove the commercial entry of the telecommunications business into Japan and China and ultimately led the division’s Sales and Marketing team in North America.
In 1995, Kinlin joined Corning Consumer Products, where he helped to execute the sale of the division to KKR. Following the transaction, he served as senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, of the new company, World Kitchen Inc.
In 2000, Kinlin was named president, Corning International Corporation and was responsible for directing the company’s global export activities. His international experience led to his appointment as general manager for Greater China in 2003. In this role, he led the growth of Corning’s businesses in China and established a strong corporate operating platform. From April 2007 to March 2008, he was chief operating officer, Corning Cable Systems, (now Corning Optical Communications) with responsibility for global sales, marketing, and operations. He was named president and chief executive officer of Corning Cable Systems in April 2008.
Kinlin is on the board of Providence Day School. He received his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College and his M.B.A. from Harvard University.