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ADTRAN Board Members Recognized as WomenInc.’s 2019 Most Influential Corporate Board Directors

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ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking and subscriber experience solutions, today announced two members of its corporate board, Kathryn Walker and Jacqueline Rice, have been named as WomenInc.s 2019 Most Influential Corporate Board Directors.

WomenInc. showcases the outstanding achievements of professional women and is dedicated to driving a positive dialogue on and about women. The annual Most Influential Corporate Board Directors recognition focuses on women’s contributions to corporate boards as well as companies who make continuous efforts to embrace diversity.

“We are honored to congratulate two very valuable members of our corporate board for their contributions and professional excellence,” said ADTRAN Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Tom Stanton. “At ADTRAN, we strive to build a dynamic team and culture where diversity is at the forefront, and we are pleased to applaud both Kathy and Jackie alongside WomenInc. for this well-deserved national recognition.”

“Kathryn and Jacqueline have an impressive ability to listen and guide. Both have managed incredible careers and continue to make a significant impact within their companies and through their board membership at ADTRAN,” ADTRAN Vice President of Human Resources Joia Thompson said. “These women have refreshed my idea of what a mentor truly can be—each is always available with support and encouragement to help other leaders across the company influence corporate goals and success.”

Kathryn Walker has served ADTRAN’s board since 2014, and is concurrently serving as CTO at Main Street Data, as a managing director for OpenAir Equity Partners. Prior to joining OpenAir, Ms. Walker has served as Chief Information and Chief Network Officer at Sprint Nextel Corporation. Additionally, she currently serves on the board of directors for SmartHome Ventures, on the Council of Trustees at South Dakota State University, as the President of the Board of Trustees at Missouri University of Science and Technology and as a member of the board of directors of the Heartland Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Walker is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow.

Jacqueline Rice has served on ADTRAN’s board since 2016, and also currently serves as Herman Miller Incorporated’s General Counsel. Before joining Herman Miller, Ms. Rice served as Principal of RH Associates, a global consulting firm providing legal, risk and compliance advisory services. Prior to RH Associates, she served as Target’s Corporation’s EVP and chief risk and compliance officer; as chief compliance officer and legal counsel for General Motors; and as General Motors’ Executive Director and Global Ethics and Compliance.

WomenInc. is proud to showcase the achievements of distinguished women serving on corporate boards,” said WomenInc. Magazine Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Catrina Young. “We are inspired by the companies and individuals recognized on our 2019 list and are proud to share these names with our readers.”

The full list of WomenInc. 2019 Most Influential Corporate Board Directors is published in the Winter edition.


At ADTRAN, Inc., we believe amazing things happen when people connect. From the cloud edge to the subscriber edge, we help communications service providers around the world manage and scale services that connect people, places and things to advance human progress. Whether rural or urban, domestic or international, telco or cable, enterprise or residential—ADTRAN solutions optimize existing technology infrastructures and create new, multi-gigabit platforms that leverage cloud economics, data analytics, machine learning and open ecosystems—the future of global networking. Find more at ADTRAN, LinkedIn and Twitter.