MAHWAH, N.J. and MARTINSRIED/MUNICH, Germany, Sept. 5, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- ADVA Optical Networking today announced the appointment of Christian Unterberger to the position of Chief Sales Officer (CSO) as of October 1, 2007.
In this position, Christian Unterberger becomes a member of the ADVA Optical Networking executive management team. As CSO, he will enhance the company's global sales strategy, including direct, reseller and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) distribution channels. In addition, he will expand the regional sales organizations to focus on selling to key accounts and developing market share via new customer and vertical segment targets. Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer Jurgen Hansjosten will continue to oversee daily global operational responsibility.
Christian Unterberger brings to ADVA Optical Networking extensive sales experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining ADVA Optical Networking, Christian Unterberger was appointed as head of the Service Core and Applications business at Nokia Siemens Networks, where primary responsibilities included managing the global activities of the unit. Before that, he was with Siemens Communications for 20 years, where he climbed through the ranks, holding sales and management positions of increasing responsibility, including positions overseeing Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. He concluded his career at Siemens Communications as president of the company's global Fixed Networks business.
"I am excited to join the ADVA Optical Networking team," stated Christian Unterberger. "I have worked with the company before and have always been impressed by its growth and success. From a niche vendor with a single product to a global player with #1 market position in its sector -- these are huge accomplishments. I look forward to integrating my strengths in global customer relations to drive more extraordinary accomplishments in line with the company's history."
"Christian brings exceptional experience and talent to our company," commented Brian L. Protiva, ADVA Optical Networking CEO. "His extensive knowledge and successful management of global functions indicates his true understanding of how to build a thriving sales organization. As we continue our vision to secure ADVA Optical Networking's position as one of the global leaders in this industry, Christian's experience and approach will serve us well."
Christian Unterberger joins the current executive team, consisting of Chief Executive Officer Brian Protiva, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer Jurgen Hansjosten, Chief Technology Officer Christoph Glingener, Chief Financial Officer Andreas Rutsch and Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer Brian McCann.
About ADVA Optical Networking
ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt:ADV) is at the forefront of providing Optical+Ethernet solutions that advance next-generation networks for data, storage, voice and video services. Our company's strength comes from passionate and dedicated employees, all sharing a common vision: a fast, customized response to customers' ever-changing needs. Our innovative Fiber Service Platform (FSP) and strong customer focus provide carriers and enterprises the ability to scale their networks and deliver intelligent, competitive new services. ADVA Optical Networking's solutions have been deployed at more than 200 carriers and 10,000 enterprises around the world. For further information about ADVA Optical Networking: www.advaoptical.com.
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