Manuel Andrade HeadshotPadtec S/A, a global manufacturer and solutions provider of turnkey optical solutions since 2001, announces today the new Padtec Group Chief Executive Officer Manuel Andrade. Mr. Andrade succeeds André Piccinin Gualda, who was previously the interim CEO. Mr. Andrade’s previous roll at Padtec was as Executive Vice President for Global and Submarine Sales.

Mr. Andrade has broad leadership expertise in sales, administrative management and strategic planning. Before joining Padtec’s executive leadership, Mr. Andrade worked throughout the Americas in the telecommunications and networking manufacturing industry and has lead successful customer solutions spanning the globe.

logo_padtecPadtec offers products that span from corporate access and data center interconnection, long-haul terrestrial backbone and complete submarine multi-terabit solutions. Padtec enables customers in North America, South America, Central America, Europe Africa and Asia. The company, headquartered in Campinas, Sao Paulo Brazil, is the first and largest Latin American manufacturer of optical networking equipment. With a strong focus on research and development, Padtec develops custom solutions for global networks leveraging pioneering technology and robust mission critical support.

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