Charles Parilla

Industry Advisor

Charles Parilla has over twenty years of industry experience covering advanced information technology, data communications, and optical networking market segments. Prior to founding Advantage Optics, Mr. Parilla served as a corporate level Vice President for Tellabs.

As a Vice President, Mr. Parilla led a global marketing, product management, sales support, product development, and customer service organization with staff of over 250 for Tellabs’ Optical Networking Group. He was responsible for the initial launch and development a major optical product line business that achieved sales of $120M by 2002. In his earlier roles at Tellabs, Mr. Parilla led the initial definition and multi-product development of the Titan 5500 product line for Tellabs’ Digital Systems Division. This product line led all Tellabs’ corporate business achieving total sales in excess of $1.1B by 2000.

Prior to Tellabs, Mr. Parilla was employed in a product development role at Rockwell International’s Switching Systems Division. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.