ADVA Optical Networking is led by a dynamic, international, experienced and highly-motivated team. Leading, directing and managing the firm’s growth are three executive officers:
Brian Protiva, Chief Executive Officer
Christoph Glingener, Chief Technology Officer
Ulrich Dopfer, Chief Financial Officer
Brian Protiva, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
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 Optical+Ethernet solutions have been deployed at more than 10,000 enterprises and more than 250 carrier networks around the world. Revenues reached EUR 311 million in 2013, while employment climbed to 1,425 employees at year-end 2013. Prior to 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.
Christoph Glingener, Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Dortmund, Germany
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 and China. 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 innovative product portfolio, defining the product strategy and building the Company's standing as a global innovator in optical networking. Additionally in January 2015, he took on responsibility for global operations. 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).
Ulrich Dopfer, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Ulrich Dopfer joined ADVA Optical Networking in March 2004. During his early years he held various positions in our organization, distinguishing himself as one of the Company's strongest leaders in the area of finance and corporate services. In 2006 Ulrich moved to Norcross, Georgia, where he served as director sales controlling NA and later as director decision support & CFO/COO projects. In this role Ulrich supported the company in several strategic initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions. Prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer, 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. Ulrich’s activities at ADVA Optical Networking build on more than 20 years’ experience of developing and installing financial reporting, performance measurements, policies and standards to maintain strong internal controls in corporate roles including positions at ESCADA AG and FJH AG. Ulrich brings together a deep knowledge of the ADVA Optical Networking’s business with an energy and enthusiasm that has enabled him to lead and motivate a growing global team. 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 Company in a volatile high-growth environment, to ensure profitable growth. Additionally, Ulrich also assumes the role of president of our North American subsidiary, maintaining full legal responsibilities for the region.