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.