meet the team

Our talented & experience team delivers amazing results
EXECUTIVE TEAM
Keith Henderson

Keith Henderson

Founder and CEO

Keith Henderson joined Xtera in 2004 and serves as the CEO, he is a Chartered Engineer with over 20 years experience.

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Stuart Barnes

Stuart Barnes

Chairman

After graduating from Queen Mary College, Stuart Barnes joined Standard Telecommunications Ltd, the Research Subsidiary of STC.

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Leigh Frame

Leigh Frame

Chief Operating and Sales Officer

Leigh joined Xtera in early 2018 and serves as the Chief Operating Officer and key architect of the company’s strategy.

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Joerg Schwartz

Joerg Schwartz

Chief Partners and Solutions Officer

Joerg is responsible for Xtera’s partner relationships, supply chain and business delivery activities.

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Jeff Kight

Jeff Kight

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Kight joined Xtera in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer, and is a seasoned business executive.

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Tony Frisch

Tony Frisch

Chief Technical Officer

Tony Frisch joined Xtera in 2004 initially managing Marketing and Proposals for terminal equipment. 

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MANAGEMENT TEAM

Vijay Rudravajjala

VP Engineering

Vijay Rudravajjala has over 25 years of experience in design and development of SDH and DWDM systems.

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Wayne Pelouch

Vice President of Photonics

Wayne Pelouch received his B.A. degree in Physics (Honors) and B.S. degree from Northwestern University in 1987

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Paul Farrugia

VP Engineering for Submerged Equipment

Paul Farrugia joined Xtera in 2008 and is now the VP Engineering for submerged equipment. 

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Dave Winterburn

Director Software Development

Dave joined Xtera in 2008 having previously been Director of Software Development at Azea. 

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Dylan Higginbotham

Vice President of Operations

Dylan Higginbotham joined Xtera in 2005 and has rapidly risen to become the Vice President of Operations. 

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Bill McCutcheon

VP Customer Service

Bill Joined Xtera in 2004 as Vice President of Operations & served in this capacity by transferring manufacturing.

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Robert RIchardson

Chief Sales Officer

Robert Richardson joined Xtera in 2008 and serves as the CSO. Prior to joining Xtera Robert’s experience includes working at

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Andrew Robinson

Director System Engineering

Andrew joined Xtera in 2004 and has over 30 years’ experience in the design and development of optical transmission systems for

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Daniel Barros

Project Director

Daniel joined Xtera in 2021 as Project Director. He has extensive experience in R&D and Project Management.

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