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February 25, 2019 - February 28, 2019 Barcelona, Spain Booth #6K34, Hall 6

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February 25, 2019 - February 28, 2019 Barcelona, Spain Booth #6K34, Hall 6
February 25, 2019 - February 28, 2019 Barcelona, Spain Booth #6K34, Hall 6

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Germain Lamonde

Executive Chairman & Founder

Germain Lamonde, founder of EXFO, is Executive Chairman of the Board and served as the company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for over 30 years. During his tenure as CEO, Germain grew the company from the ground up, turning it into a global leader in the communications test, monitoring and analytics market and the world's #1 fiber/high-speed testing company, with customers in 100+ countries. Today as Executive Chairman,Germain leads EXFO's acquisitions strategy and is actively involved in defining the company's growth and investment strategies, strategic direction and corporate governance policies. Germain has served on the board of directors of several public and private organizations, fulfilled numerous speaking engagements, and received several industry awards for his leadership, innovation and global development and was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Canada. He is presently Chairman of ENCQOR, the Canada–Quebec-Ontario partnership focused on research and innovation in the field of 5G/IoT innovation and serves on the Board of QG100 – a CEO development forum. Germain holds a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from Polytechnique Montréal and a master's degree in optics from Université Laval in Québec City. He is a graduate of the Ivey Executive Program at Western University in London, Ontario, and is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.


Philippe Morin

Chief Executive Officer

Philippe Morin was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EXFO in April 2017 and is responsible for the Corporation's strategy and financial directions, goals and results. He has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and joined EXFO in November 2015 as Chief Operating Officer (COO) leading the company's global sales leadership, market development, and product strategy. Before joining EXFO, Philippe was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations at Ciena. He previously held senior leadership roles at Nortel Networks, including President of Metro Ethernet Networks and Vice President and General Manager of Optical Networks. Philippe holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada, and a master's degree in business administration (MBA) from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


Abdelkrim Benamar

Vice President, Service Assurance, Systems and Services

Abdelkrim Benamar was appointed EXFO’s Vice President of Service Assurance, Systems and Services Division in May 2018, following the Astellia acquisition. In this role, Abdelkrim is responsible for the overall product and services portfolio for monitoring and analytics. He brings over 25 years of experience in the telecom industry with proven leadership, business transformation and change management skills.

Before joining EXFO, Abdelkrim successively held the positions of COO (July 2015) and CEO (June 2016) of Astellia. He previously held several executive roles at Alcatel-Lucent including Vice President EMEA, CEO Alcatel-Lucent International, and Vice President Global Head of Financial Analysis and Risk Assessment. He has also worked for leading telecom companies such as Ericsson Group (2000–2007), Motorola (1996–2000) and Alcatel Mobile Phones, in areas such as R&D, Communications & Public Affairs, and Strategy and Sales.

Abdelkrim holds an engineering degree from Telecom SudParis (formerly known as Institut National des Télécommunications) and a PhD in electrical engineering from Université Paris-Sud.


Claudio Mazzuca

Vice-President, Strategic Partners and Alliances

Claudio Mazzuca was appointed Vice President, Strategic Partners in May 2018. Prior to this appointment, he had served as Vice President, Systems and Analytics since 2012 and director of EXFO's Transport and Datacom Business Unit since 2006. In this role, he was responsible for the development and execution of business and product strategy for the unit, which now is a leading player in the Ethernet and next-generation packet transport test market segments. Claudio began his career as a systems engineer for Nortel Networks, where he worked on the launch of the highly successful 10G High-Speed Transport and DWDM product line, and later on Nortel's Preside Network Management solution. He then moved to technology startup Hyperchip Systems as Senior Product Manager, focusing on the development of large-scale metro and core IP routers and switches, and associated OEM components. In 2004, Claudio joined EXFO's Transport and Datacom Business Unit as Product Line Manager for the next-generation SONET/SDH products, and in 2005, was promoted to Group Manager for the entire Transport and Datacom product line. Claudio holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Montreal's Concordia University and a master's degree in business from McGill University, also in Montreal.


Stéphane Chabot

Vice President - Field Business Development

Stéphane Chabot joined EXFO in 1998 and leads our field business development function, where he is responsible for maximizing EXFO’s engagement in strategic growth markets and applications related to fiber optic, transport and 5G network testing. Stéphane’s career at EXFO includes seven years as VP, Test & Measurement, where he led four business units to significant growth in incremental market share and revenues. He has also held a range of positions within the product line management organization, working with teams on disruptive innovations for telecommunications service providers, multiple system operators, and hyperscalers. Prior to joining EXFO, Stéphane was a telecommunications officer in the Canadian Armed Forces for six years. He holds a bachelor's degree in space science from the Royal Military College of Canada, and a diploma in business administration from Université Laval in Quebec City.


Dana Yearian

Vice President, Sales (Americas)

Dana Yearian was appointed EXFO’s Vice President, Sales – Americas in March 2007. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Yearian held the position of Vice-President, Telecom Sales, North America. He is responsible for managing telecom sales, both direct and indirect, and the execution of sales strategies across North, Central and South America regions. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Yearian held senior executive sales positions at Spirent Communications Service Assurance division. In 2003, he founded The Katrixx Group, which provided consulting and contracting services to high-technologies companies. Before founding this company, Mr. Yearian worked as Vice-President of Sales at Acterna Corp. (from 1991 to 2003), where he led both North American and International sales and support operations. Prior to working for Acterna, Mr. Yearian held various executive positions, namely at Toshiba America, Silicon Sensors (Advanced Photonix, Inc.) and Impell Corporation (ABB Ltd.). Dana Yearian holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and has completed MBA course work at DePaul University, also in Chicago, Illinois, USA.


Wim te Niet

Vice President, Sales (EMEA)

Wim te Niet was appointed Vice President, Sales – EMEA in August 2016. He is responsible for managing telecom sales, both direct and indirect, and executing sales strategies across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining EXFO, Wim was on the senior management teams for global leaders such as Citrix Systems, Equinix, Ericsson-LG and Nortel. He brings considerable expertise in the areas of cloud, networking and big data mobile analytics. Wim also has more than 20 years of experience in managing sales teams and implementing successful business development strategies with wireline and mobile operators. Wim holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Groningen.

Michael Scheppke

Vice President, Sales (APAC, Global Labs and Manufacturing)

Michael Scheppke joined EXFO in 2016 and leads the sales organizations for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and the global lab and manufacturing market. In his role, Michael is responsible for managing telecom sales for the APAC region and for network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), component manufacturers and research technology leaders worldwide. Michael has over 25 years of experience in the telecom industry, including broad expertise in test and measurement, as well as network performance monitoring. Before joining EXFO, he held various senior sales roles with HP, Agilent and Ixia. Michael holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida.

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5G core test & monitoring

  • Simulation and load testing for 5G NSA and 5G SA: Emulate and test your network environment the right way—before, during and after launch. Before you launch 5G, you need to be 100% confident that your network is 100% ready. During and after the roll out of 5G services, you need to be sure everything is working the way it should. EXFO QualityAssurer (vQA) simulator platform helps you reduce total cost of ownership, improve ROI and accelerate go-to-market.
  • Network functions virtualization (NFV) service assurance: NFV is a key 5G enabler with promises of CAPEX and OPEX savings, and accelerated deployment of new services—but it also brings a highly complex environment that can negatively impact subscribers’ quality of experience. EXFO’s NFV onboarded service assurance is business-critical. Gain full service visibility into a complex and dynamic virtualized environment, and make sure NFV delivers on its promises.

Real-time topology for automated operations

  • Real-time topology for precise automated enterprise provisioning: How do you achieve ultra-high confidence network activation? Real-time topology equips you with an accurate path description, which is essential for the automation of multiple functions such as provisioning, troubleshooting and customer inventory.
  • Automated Common Cause Analysis: How can you detect and verify the cause of widescale failures impacting sites, customers or services without human intervention? Real-time graph analysis algorithms combined with real-time active testing enables the immediate detection of most probable common causes and validation of the actual failure

Automation, analytics & AI

How fast can you detect, locate and fix an issue when something goes wrong in a virtualized, multi-layer and multi-technology network? And what are the direct and indirect costs? Learn how the process can be automated with AI-powered multi-layer correlation and impact analysis, dramatically reducing the mean time to repair.


Network slicing assurance

When offering network slices-as-a-service, how will you make sure it’s done right? You need to verify and maintain the performance of each network slice, while improving operational efficiency. This requires a new approach based on active and passive probing, performance monitoring and end-to-end SLA control. We’ve got you covered with real-time automated slicing assurance, service quality monitoring and multi-domain troubleshooting.


5G access test & monitoring

5G will come with a new architecture from radio to core. How can operators best evolve to a new 5G stand-alone architecture with a new radio while leveraging the existing 4G access? This station will explore solutions for:

  • Determining the right equipment location for fixed wireless access
  • Geolocating 4G hotspots that need offload to deliver superior customer experience
  • Validating 5G transport and keeping a close control on C-RAN to ensure service availability
  • Monitoring 5G NR and optimizing spectrum efficiency through proactive active testing, automated common cause analysis and dynamic network topology discovery

5G transport testing

How do you make your fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul transport network faster, smarter and able to handle more in every way before you launch 5G? See how reliable test solutions that scale with new technologies―ensuring flawless network performance from the core to the tower and all the way to your subscribers

5G done right.

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