Leadership Team

Our Team

Jim Norrod
President and CEO

James Norrod is the President and CEO of Tellabs. He previously joined Zhone Technologies (DZSI) as President and CEO July 2014 and sold the company to DASAN Networks September 2016 forming a $240M public company. He was Executive Chairman of GreenBytes which he sold to Oracle June 2014 and was CEO of Infinite Power Solutions 2011 through 2013 which was acquired by Apple.


He was Chairman, President & CEO of Segway Inc. until the company was acquired in 2010. Previously he was Executive Chairman of Cignal Global, a pioneer in integrated voice/data communications technology which was acquired by United Pan-European Communications (NASDAQ: UCOMA). He was Chairman of ITK International, a next generation voice-over-IP company, which was acquired in 1998 by Digi International. Norrod also served as Chairman, President and CEO at Telebit Corporation, a public networking company, from 1993 until it was acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc. in 1997. He is a former executive of IBM Corporation, where he managed the General Motors Account for IBM.


Jim holds a BS in Economics, cum laude from Oakland University, and an MBA from the University of Detroit with a concentration in Marketing.

David Brown
Chief Financial Officer

David B. Brown is the CFO for Tellabs and has global responsibility for Treasury, FP&A, Tax, Accounting, Human Resources, Risk Management, Legal, Sales Operations & Payroll functions globally.  He is the senior finance member of the Company’s leadership team based in Dallas, Texas.


He has over 25 years of diverse global business experience including working for several world-class companies under both private equity and public company ownership.  Mr. Brown spent the first 10 years of his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Dallas, London, Moscow and Houston offices. He is also a Board Leadership Fellowwith the National Association of Corporate Directors and serves in several board of director capacities.


David has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas – Austin and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.

Rich Schroder
Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Schroder is Chief Operating Officer at Tellabs Access. In this role, he is responsible for all business operations at Tellabs including PLM, R&D, IT, Customer Service, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Operations for Tellabs products worldwide.


Rich 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 position of 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 FTTC, FTTP, NGDLC, cross connects, switches, and he was key to the initial launch of the Tellabs OLAN business. He has years of experience building and running global multisite 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.

Gerry Pagano
Vice President, Sales
Gerry Pagano is the Vice President of Sales at Tellabs leading both the enterprise Optical LAN and telecommunications Broadband solutions sales teams.


Gerry is a proven sales executive and brings a wealth of global enterprise and telecommunications sales experience, most recently with Ciena Corporation. He previously made successful contributions in executive sales leadership roles at Zhone Technologies, Ascend Communications and Telebit among others.


Gerry has a Bachelor of Science degree from Westfield State College located in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Karen leos
Director, Global Technical 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 16 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
Director, Engineering
Tom Dobozy is the Director of Engineering at Tellabs. In this role Tom 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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