The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has announced that David Stehlin has been named the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective September 23, 2019. Stehlin succeeds Wes Johnston who after leading the association’s transformation over the last few years is joining his family as they relocate to Hawaii.
The selection of Stehlin underscores TIA’s Board of Directors’ commitment to invest in and support the needs of members as we experience rapid industry advancements. Stehlin brings thirty years of experience starting, leading and transforming innovative global networking and telecommunications companies through ever-changing competitive landscapes. Most recently, Stehlin served as the General Manager of Lifecycle Service Assurance at Spirent Communications (SPT.L), a global provider of testing, assurance, analytics, and security solutions where his group led the market in 5G network emulation testing.
Prior to his tenure at Spirent, Stehlin served as CEO of MRV Communications, President of Overture Networks and CEO and President of Ceterus Networks. He also served as CEO of several start-up ventures, including Valo, Inc. and OnePath Networks. Stehlin served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to beginning his civilian career and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from National University in San Diego.
Stehlin will speak about his new role and vision for the organization at TIA’s upcoming partner programming at Mobile World Congress in October.