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Management board

Tom Stanton

Tom Stanton


Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering, Auburn University, USA

Tom was named Adtran’s CEO in 2005 and chairman of the board in 2007. Since joining Adtran as VP of marketing for the carrier networks division, Tom held several senior management positions within the company including SVP and general manager of the carrier networks division. Before joining Adtran, he served as VP of marketing and engineering at Transcrypt International and held senior management positions with E. F. Johnson Company. Tom has served on the board of directors for various technology companies and he currently serves on the board of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) and Cadence Online Banking. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from Auburn University.

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Christoph Glingener

Chief Technology Officer (CTO), born in 1968

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Dortmund, Germany

Christoph Glingener became Adtran’s CTO in January 2023 following the company’s merger with ADVA. Christoph assumed responsibility for Adtran’s global R&D, technology and strategy, and product activities. Previously, he was ADVA’s CTO and led the company’s product management and advanced technology teams. Christoph focused on streamlining ADVA’s technology portfolio, defining the product strategy, and building the group’s standing as a global innovator in optical networking. Strategic partnerships and mergers and acquisitions were an integral part of this strategy.

Christoph’s role at Adtran builds on a long and successful industry career with experience gained in both academic and corporate roles, including leading positions at Marconi Communications (now Ericsson) and Siemens Communications (now Infinera).

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Uli Dopfer

Chief Financial Officer (CFO), born in 1973

Graduate in Business Administration, Verwaltungs- und Wirtschaftsakademie Munich, Germany

Uli Dopfer is responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of Adtran’s operations and providing strategic financial guidance, analysis and insights that support the decisions driving the company’s economic success. Prior to his role at Adtran, Uli served as CFO at ADVA for seven years, leading the company through various key financial initiatives. He was also president of the company’s North American subsidiary, assuming full legal responsibilities for the region. Earlier in his career at ADVA, Uli held several roles, including VP of financial planning & analysis and corporate services. This saw him optimizing key financial processes, systems and support infrastructure. Uli skillfully integrates his operational expertise with his extensive financial knowledge, steering Adtran confidently through a rapidly expanding but often unpredictable business landscape. He is committed to ensuring the company's growth is not only significant but also sustainable and profitable. His current activities at Adtran build on more than two decades of robust industry experience.