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Leadership Team

Meet the Tellabs leadership team that represents diverse areas of expertise, and who are committed to exceeding the expectations of our employees, partners and customers.

Rich Schroder

Rich Schroder

President and CEO

Rich Schroder is a telecommunications veteran with over 30 years of telecom industry experience and 20 years specific to access deep fiber technologies. He has previously held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, VP engineering, and VP/GM at Tellabs serving all major US telecommunication customers including AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink. Prior to his engagement at Tellabs, Rich held the position of Vice President of engineering at AFC, Vice President Access Business Unit at Marconi along with other executive leadership roles at RELTEC, DSC, and Siemens.

Rich has a broad technical background developing and successfully deploying products into the telecom market including Passive Optical Networking (PON), FTTC, FTTP, NGDLC, cross connects, switches, and he was key to the initial launch of the Tellabs Optical LAN (OLAN) business. He has years of experience building and running global multi-site organizations in India, China, Europe, and across the USA. He has also successfully merged multiple acquisitions into a single cohesive business while keeping a keen focus on optimizing business operations for profitability.

Norm Burke

Norm Burke

Chief Financial Officer

Norm Burke is responsible for the overall financial management of the company. He is an experienced finance executive with over 30 years of global financial leadership spanning both private and publicly owned multi-national companies. Prior to being appointed Tellabs Chief Financial Officer he served as the Corporate Controller for the company from January 2016 through March 2019. Prior to Tellabs Norm held senior level finance positions focusing on financial planning and strategy with MoneyGram International and General Electric / Dresser amongst other experience. Norm is a CFA® charterholder, a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Texas and has a B.S. in accounting from Wilkes University

Karen Leos

Karen Leos

Vice President, Global Sales and Professional Services

Karen Leos is a native Texan. She grew up in a small 24X7 family business leading her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M – Commerce. Following graduation, Karen joined a telecom start-up in Richardson, TX which sparked her interest in Technology and formed Engineering relationships that eventually brought her to Tellabs 17 years ago.

During her time at Tellabs, Karen has led departments focusing on areas that improve the tools, processes, metrics, training and incident management initiatives utilized to enable success for Tellabs customers. Karen has leveraged her love of technology, customer service experience and drive for continual improvement to care for Tellabs customers in her role as Director of Global Technical Services. In this role, she is responsible for the services portfolio through every phase in the lifecycle from scoping and understanding customer needs through implementation, maintenance support, optimization and refresh.

Tom Dobozy

Tom Dobozy

Vice President, Engineering

Tom Dobozy is responsible for all Engineering aspects of the Optical LAN product development, including Software, Hardware, and Testing.

Tom has extensive experience in telecommunications with over 25 years of knowledge in R&D of enterprise and broadband network products. Tom’s background is in Software Engineering with a Master of Software Engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Tom is an innovative leader with patents in Optical LAN technology. Over his career at Tellabs, Tom has led numerous engineering teams throughout the world including Finland, the UK, and China. Tom is a proponent of testing automation, Design Thinking, and has led the adoption of software processes and methodologies such as OOA & OOD, CMMI, and Agile.

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Enterprise

Tellabs Optical LAN is a true enterprise centric solution that offers a better means of designing and operating networks inside buildings and across extended campuses.

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Leadership

Meet the Tellabs leadership team that represents diverse areas of expertise, and who are committed to exceeding the expectations of our employees, partners and customers.

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