Bill Burns is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Embrane, responsible for leading the team as they capitalize on their position as the leader in delivering application-centric network services and virtual appliance lifecycle management. Bill leverages his nearly three decades of experience to turn Embrane’s vision into market reality by driving overall execution, growing Embrane’s existing customer base, and accelerating the development of its ecosystem of partners to leverage Embrane’s products and solutions.
Prior to joining Embrane, Bill was CEO of Spirent Communications plc, a global leader in test and measurement solutions within development labs, communications networks and IT organizations. At Spirent, he was responsible for the overall direction of the company, including its strategy, financial performance, investments, acquisitions, and leveraging Spirent’s breadth and depth of technology. Under his leadership, Spirent grew revenue and profitability, and became a market share leader across each of its market segments.
Earlier in his tenure at Spirent, Bill was executive vice president of the Communications Group and also served as president, Service Assurance Broadband and was responsible for global sales and corporate marketing across all divisions. In these roles he drove critical business changes to improve profitability and grow market share.
Bill also has held several executive leadership positions at Tellabs Inc. including senior vice president, Global Marketing; senior vice president - Europe Middle East and Africa; and vice president, Competitive Service Provider Sales. In these roles, Bill led the strategic planning, marketing, sales, financial and operational efforts for multi-million dollar operations.
Bill holds an Associate degree in Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from College Misericordia and a Master of Business Administration degree from Temple University.
What Bill enjoys most is spending time with his family. When not working, he can be found with family and friends fishing, skiing, traveling and golfing on occasion. Giving back to the community is also important to Bill as shown by his volunteer efforts associated with the American Heart Association and Bellarmine Dads’ Club.