Technology >> CEO Interviews >> April 19, 2004


ROBERT E. SWITZ was named Chief Executive Officer and President of ADC Telecommunications, Inc., in August 2003. Prior to this leadership position, Mr. Switz served ADC as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He has played an instrumental role in transforming ADC in recent years, developing and implementing restructuring strategies to ensure the company's return to profitability in the broadband marketplace. Mr. Switz served ADC as CFO from January 1994 until his appointment as CEO. He has also served the company as Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President during his tenure. Throughout his ADC career, Mr. Switz has held leadership responsibilities for numerous critical functions including strategic planning, business development, corporate technology, marketing communications, sales operations and information systems. He served as President of the Broadband Access and Transport Group, ADC's second largest operating group with fiscal year 2000 revenues of $1 billion. Mr. Switz joined ADC in 1994 after serving as Vice President, European Operations, Ventures and Finance (CFO) at Burr-Brown Corporation in Tucson, Arizona. At Burr-Brown, he held management responsibilities for five start up ventures and seven European manufacturing and distribution subsidiaries. He also held responsibility for corporate finance, legal, MIS, accounting, purchasing, physical resources, facilities, investor relations and business development. He served Burr-Brown from 1988 to 1994. Prior to Burr-Brown, Mr. Switz held senior financial management positions at PepsiCo, AMF and Olin Corporation. Mr. Switz serves as a director on the Boards of Hickory Tech Corp. and Broadcom Corporation. In 1999, he was a recipient of the CFO Excellence award from CFO Magazine. Mr. Switz holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Bridgeport as well as a BS in Marketing/Economics from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Profile
TWST: What is ADC?

Mr. Switz: ADC is a leading supplier of network infrastructure products,

systems and services designed for communications providers and

enterprise networks around the world.