meet the team
Our talented & experience team delivers amazing results
Founder and CEO
Keith Henderson joined Xtera in 2004 and serves as the CEO, he is a Chartered Engineer with over 20 years experience.
After graduating from Queen Mary College, Stuart Barnes joined Standard Telecommunications Ltd, the Research Subsidiary of STC.
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.
Chief Partners and Solutions Officer
Joerg is responsible for Xtera’s partner relationships, supply chain and business delivery activities.
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Kight joined Xtera in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer, and is a seasoned business executive.
Chief Technical Officer
Tony Frisch joined Xtera in 2004 initially managing Marketing and Proposals for terminal equipment.
Vijay Rudravajjala has over 25 years of experience in design and development of SDH and DWDM systems.
Vice President of Photonics
Wayne Pelouch received his B.A. degree in Physics (Honors) and B.S. degree from Northwestern University in 1987
VP Engineering for Submerged Equipment
Paul Farrugia joined Xtera in 2008 and is now the VP Engineering for submerged equipment.
Director Software Development
Dave joined Xtera in 2008 having previously been Director of Software Development at Azea.
Vice President of Operations
Dylan Higginbotham joined Xtera in 2005 and has rapidly risen to become the Vice President of Operations.
VP Customer Service
Bill Joined Xtera in 2004 as Vice President of Operations & served in this capacity by transferring manufacturing.
Chief Sales Officer
Robert Richardson joined Xtera in 2008 and serves as the CSO. Prior to joining Xtera Robert’s experience includes working at
Director System Engineering
Andrew joined Xtera in 2004 and has over 30 years’ experience in the design and development of optical transmission systems for
Daniel joined Xtera in 2021 as Project Director. He has extensive experience in R&D and Project Management.