SOURCE: ADVA AG Optical Networking

August 04, 2008 18:44 ET

Krish Prabhu Elected to ADVA Optical Networking's Supervisory Board

Former Tellabs, Alcatel veteran brings years of optical networking and telecommunications experience to drive innovation and vision

NORCROSS, GA and MARTINSRIED/MUNICH, GERMANY--(Marketwire - August 4, 2008) - ADVA Optical Networking today announced that Krish Prabhu has been elected to the company's Supervisory Board. His election by the company's annual general meeting (AGM) in Meiningen, Germany took effect on June 11, 2008.

Prabhu was the CEO of Tellabs, a NASDAQ-listed company, from 2004-2008. During his service, he successfully broadened the company's product portfolio to include platforms that support triple play and mobile services, which were a major part of the company's focus on enabling residential, business and wireless communications. He presided over the acquisition of two companies, Advanced Fibre Communications and Vinci Systems, and doubled sales at the company during his tenure while managing more than 3,550 people worldwide.

"We are thrilled to welcome Krish to the Supervisory Board," stated Brian Protiva, CEO of ADVA Optical Networking. "His long years of successful leadership of global telecom powerhouses will serve ADVA Optical Networking well. Krish's insight and experience will provide us with continued vision to build market leadership and to have further impact on the North American marketplace."

In his role as venture partner, Prabhu was involved from 2001- 2004 with the funding and development of several private companies. Prior to that position, Prabhu served as COO of Alcatel Telecom from 1999-2001 and as CEO of Alcatel USA from 1997-1999. He began his career in 1980 at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a member of the technical staff. Prabhu currently serves as a member of the Board of Visitors, School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh and as a life member of the Development Board of the University of Texas at Dallas.

Prabhu commented: "Having watched ADVA Optical Networking in the past, I've been impressed by its product innovation and successful work with global customers. The recent additions to the management team indicate the company's commitment to excellence and its desire to have top-notch leadership at the helm. I am excited to drive further growth and to take part in the continued success of the company."


ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: 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 FSP products 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:


ADVA AG Optical Networking, Martinsried/Munich and Meiningen, Germany

ADVA Optical Networking North America, Inc., Norcross, Georgia, USA

ADVA Optical Networking (Shenzhen) Ltd., Shenzhen, China

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