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James Buchanan

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James Buchanan

SVP & GM Ensemble Software Business Unit

James heads ADVA’s Ensemble Business Unit, leading the transition of packet services to the world of Network Function Virtualization. Previously, as SVP PLM James oversaw ADVA’s industry-leading FSP 3000 and FSP 150 product families, as well as the FSP Management and control software suite. Prior to that, as VP PLM for management and control products, he was responsible for leading the development of ADVA Optical Networking’s development of unified control plane and service management solutions for DWDM and carrier Ethernet networking.


James joined ADVA Optical Networking in January 2006 as part of the acquisition of Covaro Networks. He brings more than 30 years experience to the company, which he gained with global telecommunications and high-tech companies, including Covaro Networks, Metera Networks, Nortel Networks and Spar Aerospace. He holds a degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Toronto.

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