ADVA Optical Networking is led by a dynamic, international, experienced and highly-motivated team. Leading, directing and managing the firm’s growth are four executive officers:
Brian Protiva, Chief Executive Officer
Christoph Glingener, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer
Ulrich Dopfer, Chief Financial Officer
Scott St. John, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), born in 1964
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, USA
Brian Protiva co-founded ADVA Optical Networking in 1994. As the CEO, he is responsible for overall strategy, human resources, quality management, sales and marketing. Under Brian’s leadership, ADVA Optical Networking advanced to become a global market leader in Ethernet access devices and one of the top players in metro wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) worldwide. To date, ADVA Optical Networking’s innovative networking solutions have been deployed in more than 10,000 enterprises and more than 300 carrier networks around the world. Prior to leading ADVA Optical Networking, Brian was managing director at AMS Technologies (now the EGORA Group), which he joined in 1987 and where he focused on co-managing its subsidiaries.
Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Chief Operating Officer (COO), born in 1968
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Dortmund, Germany
Dr. Christoph Glingener joined ADVA Optical Networking in April 2006, assuming responsibility for all global research and development activities at sites in Europe, the United States, China and, more recently, the Middle East. In 2007, Christoph was appointed CTO. Since that time, he also leads ADVA Optical Networking’s product management and advanced technology teams. Christoph has focused on streamlining ADVA Optical Networking’s product portfolio, defining the product strategy and building the group’s standing as a global innovator in optical networking. Strategic partnerships and mergers & acquisitions are an integral part of this strategy. Additionally, in January 2015, Christoph took on responsibility for global operations, enabling ADVA Optical Networking to integrate research and development, new product introduction and global operations into a unified development operations team. Christoph’s activities at ADVA Optical Networking build on a long and successful industry career with experience gained in both academic and corporate roles. These include leading positions at Marconi Communications (now Ericsson) and Siemens Communications (now Coriant).
Chief Financial Officer (CFO), born in 1973
Graduate in Business Administration, Verwaltungs- und Wirtschaftsakademie Munich, Germany
Ulrich Dopfer joined ADVA Optical Networking in March 2004 and led the Group through some key financial initiatives taking on increasing responsibility over time. In 2006 Ulrich moved to Norcross, Georgia, where he is still based today. Prior to his appointment as CFO in January 2015, Ulrich served as vice president of financial planning & analysis and corporate services where he strategically optimized major processes, systems and support infrastructure, enabling ADVA Optical Networking to maintain the right balance between vision and execution. Combining his operational expertise with his vast financial skills and strong leadership style, Ulrich provides ADVA Optical Networking with the ability to flexibly steer the group in a volatile high-growth environment, to ensure profitable growth. In addition to his CFO role, Ulrich was appointed president of the company’s North American subsidiary in January 2015, assuming full legal responsibilities for the region. Ulrich’s activities at ADVA Optical Networking build on more than 20 years’ experience of designing and implementing financial reporting, performance measurements, policies and standards to maintain strong internal controls in corporate roles including positions at ESCADA AG and FJH AG.
Scott St. John
Chief Marketing & Sales Officer (CMSO), born in 1969
Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Syracuse University, USA
Scott St. John has spent over 25 years in the network technology industry. He has a proven track record of building high performance teams in sales, marketing and customer service, as well as driving strategy to meet overall corporate goals. Scott joined ADVA Optical Networking in 2017, as part of the acquisition of MRV Communications, and was appointed CMSO and a member of the management board in October of 2017. Prior to his role at ADVA, Scott was SVP of global sales and service at MRV Communications since 2014, re-structuring the sales and service teams and driving adoption of new packet and optical platforms by over 175 customers globally. From 2004 to 2013, he served Overture Networks in senior sales and service leadership roles, delivering nine consecutive years of sales growth. Scott has also held sales leadership positions at Saisei, Larscom and VINA Technologies, as well as sales, marketing and finance roles at Lucent Technologies and AT&T.