People: ADTRAN Inc (ADTN.O)
Mr. Balan Nair is Independent Director of Adtran, Inc. He is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Liberty Global, Inc., a telecommunications company. In this capacity he is responsible for overseeing the global network and technology operations, which span three continents and over 33 million homes. He is also responsible for new product development, oversees global procurement functions and leads Liberty Global’s Technology Investment Venture group. Mr. Nair is an executive officer of Liberty Global and sits on the company’s Executive Management Committee and Investment Committee. Prior to joining Liberty Global in July of 2007, Mr. Nair served as AOL’s chief technology officer overseeing the company’s network operations and back-office systems. After joining AOL in 2006, Mr. Nair led the Technology Operations organization in creating synergies, improving productivity, and increasing efficiencies. Prior to his role at AOL, Mr. Nair spent 12 years at Qwest Communications International Inc. (Qwest), most recently as Chief Information Officer (CIO). As CIO, he was responsible for supporting Qwest’s internal and external applications, legacy systems including maintenance, internal network operations, data centers, and help desk and desktop support functions. He also headed Qwest’s technology management operations that included technical aspects of the company’s product rollouts in broadband, video, call center technology, VoIP, and wireless, among other offerings. As Qwest’s Chief Technology Officer from 2003 to 2005, he spoke often in public forums on technology and strategic topics in the telecommunications industry. Mr. Nair sits on the board of Charter Communications and on the Board of Telenet Group Holding NV, Liberty Global’s Belgium subsidiary. He holds a patent in systems development and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Colorado. Mr. Nair holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, both from Iowa State University.
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