SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aviat Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNW), a leading expert in microwave networking solutions, today announced that it has appointed Heinz Stumpe as senior vice president and chief sales officer. In his new role, Mr. Stumpe will be responsible for global sales and professional services. Mr. Stumpe joined Aviat Networks as a director of marketing in 1996 and has more than 20 years of experience in wireless transmission technology. Before his appointment as chief sales officer, Mr. Stumpe was the senior vice president and chief operating officer of Aviat Networks and held a variety of roles including vice president of strategic accounts, product line management and business development. Previously, Mr. Stumpe worked for California Microwave from 1992 to 1996 as vice president, product management and was director, operations for Amstrad, plc, a UK-based computer and communications equipment company. "Heinz's proven experience leading our global operations will provide additional momentum for our sales organization. His leadership and focus has contributed to significant improvements in operational efficiency throughout the organization, and this experience has given him a unique insight into our products, as well as affording him an opportunity to build close relationships with many of our customers," says Michael Pangia, president and CEO, Aviat Networks. "The strength of his leadership and the solid operational foundation and succession he has built, will enable us to position a number of new, highly innovative products with customers and to pursue targeted opportunities to accelerate the growth of the top line." About Aviat NetworksAviat Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNW) is a leading global provider of microwave networking solutions transforming communications networks to handle the exploding growth of IP-centric, multi-Gigabit data services. With more than 750,000 systems installed around the world, Aviat Networks provides LTE-proven microwave networking solutions to mobile operators, including some of the largest and most advanced 4G/LTE networks in the world. Public safety, utility, government and defense organizations also trust Aviat Networks' solutions for their mission-critical applications where reliability is paramount. In conjunction with its networking solutions, Aviat Networks provides a comprehensive suite of localized professional and support services enabling customers to effectively and seamlessly migrate to next generation Carrier Ethernet/IP networks. For more than 50 years, customers have relied on Aviat Networks' high performance and scalable solutions to help them maximize their investments and solve their most challenging network problems. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Aviat Networks operates in 46 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.aviatnetworks.com or connect with Aviat Networks on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. SOURCE Aviat Networks, Inc.