MRV Communications, Inc. (Pink Sheets: MRVC) (“MRV” or the “Company”), a leading provider of optical communications network infrastructure equipment and integration and managed services, today announced the appointment of David Stehlin to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MRV’s Optical Communications Systems (OCS) division, effective immediately. Stehlin will be responsible for leading the global sales and marketing functions and will report directly to Barry Gorsun, President of MRV OCS.

“David’s extensive knowledge of the telecom landscape, including network architecture, coupled with his deep sales experience, will further help us enhance our existing efforts to strengthen OCS’ direct sales and distribution channels,” said Gorsun. “This appointment allows us to strengthen our sales and marketing organizations, supporting our goal of providing best-in-class products to the telecom industry, while broadening our worldwide distribution, marketing, service and support organizations.”

“I have tremendous respect for the MRV OCS team and brand and am excited about helping to drive the company to the next level,” said Stehlin. “The opportunities are great and we’ll work very hard to earn the respect of our customers.”

Stehlin has over 20 years of telecom industry experience in executive management, product management, marketing and sales strategy and M&A. Prior to joining MRV OCS, he was the CEO and president of Ceterus Networks from 2003 to 2008, where he led the sale of the company to Overture Networks. Following this transaction, he guided the merger process as president of Overture Networks from 2008 to 2011, using innovative sales and marketing strategies to build a carrier Ethernet edge market leader. From 1999 to 2003, Stehlin was president and CEO of Valo, Inc., preceded by OnePath Networks; both organizations were venture-backed telecom start-ups focused on building and developing access systems for major communications service providers. From 1994 to 1999, he was president of Keptel, a division of Antec (now Arris Group), where his leadership helped the company secure the initial Bell Atlantic Supplier Excellence Award. Stehlin holds a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from National University.

About MRV Communications, Inc.

MRV Communications, Inc. is a leading global provider of carrier Ethernet, WDM optical transport, infrastructure management equipment and solutions, as well as network integration and managed services. MRV’s solutions enable the delivery and provisioning of next-generation optical transport and carrier Ethernet services over any fiber infrastructure. MRV provides equipment and services worldwide to telecommunications service providers, enterprises, and governments, enabling network evolution and increasing efficiency, while reducing complexity and costs. Through its subsidiaries, MRV operates R&D centers in North America and Europe, along with support centers and sales offices around the world. For more information about MRV, visit

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