Management Team

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


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. He was named ADTRAN’s Chief Executive Officer in September 2005, and Chairman of the Board in 2007. 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 holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Auburn University.


Kevin W. Schneider, PhD
Chief Technology Officer


Upon completion of his PhD in 1992, Kevin joined the ADTRAN technical staff where he has been involved with DSL development, and was part of the team that developed the world’s first commercial implementation of Trellis Coded Pulse Amplitude Modulation (TC PAM). He currently serves on the board of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solution (ATIS) and as convener of the ATIS IPTV Interoperability Forum. He was a significant contributor to the Committee T1 standards in High Bit Rate Digital Subscriber Line (HDSL) and Spectrum Management, and served on the Wireline Spectral Integrity focus group of the FCC-chartered National Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC). As Chief Technology Officer, he leads the advanced development technical staff who is responsible for ADTRAN’s new technology development efforts and participation on numerous industry standards committees. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Missouri - Rolla.


Jay Wilson
Senior Vice President and General Manager – Carrier Networks Division


As Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Carrier Networks (CN) Division, Jay is responsible for all carrier engineering, marketing, sales and support functions. He joined ADTRAN in 1998. He has served in a number of roles for the CN Division and most recently served as Vice President of Product Marketing. 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, he 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.


Rick Schansman
Senior Vice President and General Manager – Enterprise Networks Division


As Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Networks (EN) Division, Rick is responsible for all EN engineering, marketing, sales and support functions. He joined ADTRAN in 1996. He has served in a number of positions with the company for both the EN and CN Divisions and most recently served as Vice President of Engineering for systems products for the CN Division. During his tenure, he has been responsible for the development 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. He has more than 20 years of industry experience, including serving as Senior Vice President of Global Operations for Somera Communications as well as several executive positions within Lucent 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 NetVanta routers, Ethernet switches and Wireless Access Points. A two-time 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.


Eduard Scheiterer, PhD
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, International Markets


As Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Eduard is responsible for business in the EMEA and APAC region and day-to-day operations of ADTRAN GmbH and ADTRAN International, driving additional focus and growth in our International markets. He 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 Broadband Access Business. Eduard holds a Master of Science degree and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunication from the Technical University, Vienna, Austria.

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