Management Team

Thomas R. Stanton
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board


Tom Stanton was named ADTRAN’s Chief Executive Officer in September 2005 and named Chairman of the Board in 2007. Tom joined ADTRAN in 1995 as Vice President of Marketing for the Carrier Networks (CN) Division. Since that time, he has held a number of senior management positions within the company including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the CN Division. Prior to joining ADTRAN, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Engineering at Transcrypt International and held several senior management positions with E. F. Johnson Company.

Tom has served on the Board of Directors for a number of technology companies, the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA).  He has also served as Chairman for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Birmingham Branch and as the Chairman for the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).  Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Auburn University.

Jay Wilson
Senior Vice President – Technology and Strategy


As Senior Vice President of Technology and Strategy, Jay is responsible for developing the strategy, portfolio and direction for the company’s global business to enable the delivery of customer solutions and market leadership into target market segments and the global customer base. Jay joined ADTRAN in 1998 and most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of ADTRAN’s Carrier Networks Division. He has played a key role in the development and introduction of several ADTRAN product lines that are widely deployed by telecommunications carriers.

Prior to joining ADTRAN, Jay served in a number of management roles for Wyle Laboratories. While there, his responsibilities included sales, marketing and engineering management for Wyle’s testing and engineering services to the telecommunications, aerospace/defense and nuclear equipment qualification industries. Jay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Eduard Scheiterer, PhD
Senior Vice President – Research and Development


As Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Eduard is responsible for all of ADTRAN's design and development resources and processes around the world. Eduard has previously served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, for ADTRAN's international markets where he was responsible for business in the EMEA and APAC region and day-to-day operations of ADTRAN GmbH and ADTRAN International. He also previously served as the managing Director of ADTRAN GmbH, where he was responsible for business in the EMEA region as well as the day-to-day operations of ADTRAN GmbH.

He joined ADTRAN in May 2012 following ADTRAN's acquisition of NSN's (Nokia Siemens Network's) Broadband Access Business. Prior to joining ADTRAN, Eduard was Head of Broadband Access for NSM and held several senior management roles at NSN and Siemens. Eduard holds a Master of Science degree and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunication from the Technical University, Vienna, Austria.

Rick Schansman
Senior Vice President – Global Services and Support


As Senior Vice President of Global Services and Support, Rick is responsible for all services fulfillment across the globe, as well as maintaining the high level of technical support that has become synonymous with ADTRAN. Rick joined ADTRAN in 1996. He has served in a number of positions with the company and most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager – Enterprise Networks Division. During his tenure, he has been responsible for the development and implementation of several ADTRAN product lines used by both enterprise and carrier customers.

Prior to joining ADTRAN, he held positions with SCI Systems, General Digital Industries and Radiometrics. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Michael Foliano
Interim Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, Treasurer and Senior Vice President of Operations


As Senior Vice President of Global Operations, Mike is responsible for all manufacturing, supply chain and logistics functions, as well as ADTRAN's corporate IT, facilities and real estate functions. He has more than 30 years of industry experience, including serving as Senior Vice President of Global Operations for Somera Communications as well as several executive positions within Lucent Technologies and AT&T. His responsibilities have included managing global production, logistics, customer service, business services, information technology, supply chain planning and procurement.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio University, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and a Master of Science degree in Management from Stanford University.

Kevin Heering
Senior Vice President, Global Quality & Administration


As Senior Vice President of Global Quality & Administration, Kevin is responsible for the management and continual improvement of ADTRAN's quality and human capital programs. He joined ADTRAN in 1994 as a design engineer. He has held a number of key positions within the company, including Director of Engineering, where he played a critical role in the design and development of ADTRAN's Enterprise solution portfolio.

A multiple patent recipient, Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama.

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