Dave joined Xtera in 2008 having previously been Director of Software Development at Azea.  At Azea he was responsible for development of the embedded software in the SLTE and its associated network management systems.  With Xtera his focus has been on embedded firmware for transponders and more latterly submarine plant such as repeaters and branching units.

Dave has 40 years of experience in software engineering in the telecommunications industry and for the last 25 years has worked in submarine telecoms.  Dave joined ITT in 1977 to work on message switching systems, then joining ICL working on X.400 messaging and X.400 directory systems before joining Alcatel in the early 90s to work on submarine network management systems.  He was a co-founder of Azea Networks in 2002.

Dave has an Honors Degree in Physics from the University of Manchester.