Meet our team

Our data center experts are leading the industry with innovation, ideas and insight.

Danny Adcock

Biography

Danny is Strategic Account Manager for Nexans Data Center Solutions. Danny brings over 13 years of executive sales, sales management and marketing to the team. Over the last eight years, Danny has advised data center and federal government clients on technology solutions for their critical physical layer infrastructures. He has consulted on multiple solutions including Fiber and Copper Cabling, Connectivity, PON, Intelligent Infrastructure Software, DAS, Wireless and Fusion Technology. Danny has been instrumental in the development of key solutions for his customers with full collaboration of company product teams. He has also led many marketing campaigns, and has launched over a dozen new products into the data center and government markets. Danny holds a Bachelors Degree from Christopher Newport University, and has completed numerous industry courses.

Danny Adcock

Strategic Account Manager (North America)

+1-757-603-5410
danny.adcock@nexans.com

Behind the scenes

Beni Blell

Vice President of Business Development (North America)

In his current role as Vice President of Business Development, Beni is responsible for anticipating the needs of customers, defining channel strategies, and developing new business.

Beni’s 24+ year career in the optical fiber communication systems field combines experience in the areas of engineering, product and market development, and sales. Highlights of his work include a patent for the design of a fiber optic cable, designing the first fiber-to-the-home community in the United States, and serving on the TIA committee developing fiber optic cabling standards. He has also authored several technical papers and has served as an officer on the Fiber Optic Technology Consortium (FOTC).

Beni has been with Nexans for 14 years. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering as well as a Masters of Mechanical Engineering degree from North Carolina State University. He has been an RCDD since 2005 and a CDCD since 2017.

Beni Blell

Vice President of Business Development (North America)

+1 919 669-4394
beni.blell@nexans.com

Mike Connaughton

Market Segment Manager (North America)

Mike is Market Segment Manager for Nexans Data Center Solutions. He joined Nexans in 2008. He received his BSEET degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, MA) in 1990 and has been involved in fiber optic cable engineering ever since. He has been a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (BICSI) since 1997, and a Certified Data Center Designer (CNet) since 2014. He received the Aegis Excellence Award from the U.S. Navy for his work on the Fiber Optic Cable Steering Committee, and was a key member of the committee that developed the SMPTE 311M standard for a hybrid fiber optic HD camera cable. Additionally, he has participated in fiber related standardization meetings with TIA, ICEA, ANSI and IEEE.

Mike Connaughton

Market Segment Manager (North America)

+1 919-577-2313
mike.connaughton@nexans.com

Brooke Ford

Product Manager - Fiber Connectivity

Brooke is the Product Manager for the Fiber Connectivity product line, responsible for the portfolio strategy and bringing valued solutions to Data Center customers. He has over twenty years of Product Management and Product Marketing experience, serving the Telecom, Data Center, Cable/MSO, and US Federal Government markets with a versatile knowledge of customers’ fiber optic access and transport networks. Previously, Brooke held Product Management leadership roles at Coriant and Tellabs, managing Packet Optical and Data transport product lines. He graduated at the top of his class from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Outside of work, Brooke is an avid soccer and tennis player and enjoys trying to improve his golf game.

Brooke Ford

Product Manager – Fiber Connectivity

+1 919-577-2031
brooke.ford@nexans.com

Joost Grillaert

Product Manager Fibre (Belgium)

Joost Grillaert is Product Manager Fibre at Nexans Cabling Solutions. He has joined the company in 2007 focusing on products for both the enterprise market and increasingly the data center market. Prior to joining Nexans Joost worked as Global Technical Marketing Manager for Cabot Microelectronics Corporation and obtained a Ph. D at University of Leuven, Belgium.

Joost Grillaert

Product Manager Fibre (Belgium)

EMEA assemblies, patch cords and enclosures
+32 236 33842
joost.grillaert@nexans.com

Peter Haigh

Strategic Accounts Director and Sales Manager (Europe / India)

Peter is Strategic Accounts Director and Sales Manager (Europe / India) with Nexans. He has 25 years of experience in the cable industry, and has been with Nexans for 16 years. In his tenure at Nexans, he has held the roles of UK & Ireland Sales Manager, Key Account Manager-OEM, Global Key Account Manager and Strategic Account Director. Before joining Nexans, Peter worked with Alpha Wire (part of Belden) for eight years, in the positions of Inside Sales, Business Development Manager and Sales Director EMEA/AsiaPac. Peter has a BA Hons Degree in Modern Languages and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian, and he has a basic knowledge of German.

Peter Haigh

Strategic Accounts Director and Sales Manager (Europe / India)

+44 7770 536068
peter.haigh@nexans.com

Amy Hartfield

Product Manager Pre-terminated Cable Assemblies (North America)

Amy is Product Manager, Pre-terminated Cable Assemblies for Nexans Data Center Solutions. She has over twenty years of experience in the fiber optic industry, and has been a Registered Information Technology Professional (BICSI) since 2014. Amy started at Nexans in 2006 as a product development engineer with a focus on pre-terminated assemblies for the enterprise and data center markets. She graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and from Penn State University with a master’s degree in electrical engineering.

Amy Hartfield

Product Manager Pre-terminated Cable Assemblies (North America)

North America assemblies and patch cords
+1 919-577-2024
amy.hartfield@nexans.com

Ben Jiang

Sales Director (Greater China)

Ben is Sales Director - Greater China at Nexans. He joined Nexans in 2006, in Sales and Marketing. Focusing on driving the development of new business, he successfully led sales teams to gain new customers and expand new channels in China. He became Sales & Marketing Director for Nexans’ Greater China region in 2010.

Ben Jiang

Sales Director (Greater China)

+86 13761500695
ben.jiang@nexans.com

Eric Lawrence

Vice President, Nexans Data Center Solutions (North America)

Eric is Vice President, Nexans Data Center Solutions North America, business leader for the North American Global Data Center, and he also manages Nexans’ global datacom TEK Center. Eric joined Nexans in 1993, and has held a variety of technical and commercial management roles. Most recently, Eric was Vice President of Strategy and Growth Technology for the LAN Division of Nexans NA, where he was responsible for strategic planning and new customer development by strengthening Nexans’ position in strategic markets and driving business growth through diversification via new opportunities and markets.

Eric received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Widener University in 1987, and has been awarded two patents for communication cable designs. Eric has been an active member of TIA, IEC, ICEA, ANSI and IEEE standardization working groups and became a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (BICSI) in 1995. In addition, Eric has been a board member of the Communications Cable and Connectivity Association (CCCA) since July 2007 and has served as its Chairman since March 2014.

Eric Lawrence

Vice President (North America)

+1-717-355-7647
eric.lawrence@nexans.com

Lussen Lu

General Manager for Nexans' APAC region (Asia Pacific)

Lussen is General Manager for Nexans’ APAC region. He began his career in project management with Nexans in 2002, and has held various project management, operations, sales and marketing directorship positions with the company over the last 15 years. He was appointed General Manager for APAC at the end of 2011. Lussen has over 10 years’ experience in the LAN and LAN system field. He graduated from Shanghai Tongji University with a degree in electrical engineering, and he followed the EMBA program at CEIBS with a master’s degree.

Lussen Lu

General Manager for Nexans’ APAC region (Asia Pacific)

+86 15601797952
lussen.lu@nexans.com

Rakesh Sambaraju

Applications Engineer - Data Centers (North America)

Before coming to Nexans, he worked as a scientist at Valencia Nanophotonics Technology Center in Spain and Corning Incorporated in New York. His previous work included radio over fiber technologies, where he helped pioneer the work on coherent optical technology for very high capacity wireless. He has also worked with distributed antenna systems, MIMO for LTE, fiber-to-the-home, and digital signal processing for fiber optics. His current research focus is on short/medium range LAN connectivity for data centers, new multimode fibers, passive optical LAN, and advanced modulation formats.

Rakesh has published close to 60 publications for international journals and conferences, is a reviewer for IEEE Photonics Society and Optical Society of Americas journals and letters, and actively participates in IEEE 802.3 and TIA standardization bodies. He holds a PhD from Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Telecommunications from the Technical University of Denmark.

Rakesh Sambaraju

Applications Engineer – Data Centers (North America)

Transceivers
+1 717-355-7623
rakesh.sambaraju@nexans.com

Lisa Taranto

Sales Operations Manager

Lisa Taranto

Sales Operations Manager

+1 717-355-7624
lisa.taranto@nexans.com

Kai Theile

Strategic Sales Manager, Data Centers

Kai is Strategic Sales Manager Data Centers with Nexans. Kai has over 20 years of experience of value added selling in the data cabling market. He has a Master Engineering Degree in Physics. Over the last 7 years Kai has been in the Data Center market providing cabling systems, transceivers and services. Kai has managed projects and customers on a national and global level. Outside of work, Kai enjoys time with his family often camping and sailing.

Kai Theile

Strategic Sales Manager, Data Centers

+49 151 22189400
kai.theile@nexans.com

Michael Wang

Product Manager for the Asia Pacific region (China)

Michael is Product Manager for Nexans for the Asia Pacific region. Involved in the cabling industry since 2006, Michael has in-depth experience in the areas of technical engineering and project management. He joined Nexans in 2010, and is a member of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC25 WG3, and a member of the China standardization group SAC/TC 28/SC 25/WG2. He graduated from East China Normal University with a degree in Physics, and later obtained a master’s degree in Project Management from Fudan University.

Michael Wang

Product Manager for the Asia Pacific region (China)

+86 1 368-195-9779
michael.wang@nexans.com

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