Jacob Vestergaard Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer
Jacob Nielsen is an experienced entrepreneur with 20 years of international experience in the European and US networking and telecom industry. Prior to founding Xena, Jacob has held engineering and executive positions with companies in the networking and telecom industry, including NKT Elektronik, DSC communications, Vitesse Semiconductor, Enigma Semiconductor, and he is the founder of two technology companies. Jacob holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.
Claus Hoyer, VP Engineering
Claus Hoyer is an expert in advanced system architecture and design and has over 20 years of experience in the networking and communications industry. Claus has held engineering and senior management positions in international companies, including Cisco, Enigma Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Marvell Technology. He has also been involved as co-founder and early initiator in several high-tech startups. Claus holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.
Ken Foan, VP Sales
Ken Foan joined Xena with an enviable track record as Director and Managing Director for companies like Marconi, Hewlett-Packard, Agilent and Anritsu. Ken is responsible for coordinating Xena’s international sale teams in the US, Europe, India and APAC regions. He believes sales is a science and combines being a hands-on sales manager with the insight of an engineer who knows how technology works.
Christopher Lind Arlaud, VP Marketing
Christopher Arlaud has over 20 years’ international experience in marketing and communications. Originally from Australia, Christopher has been based in Denmark since the mid-90’s, working with global brands like Microsoft and Cisco before co-founding an innovative VC-funded security software company (Giritech) in 2004. Christopher combines a solid understanding of business and channel marketing with a flair for design in both online and traditional media. He has a Bachelor’s degree in PR from the Queensland University of Technology.
Craig DuFrenne, Director of Sales USA
Craig DuFrenne heads Xena’s sales activities in the US. He has 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, and has worked extensively in both test & measurement (with Nettest Inc. and later Anritsu) and with leading providers of advanced networking solutions. Craig has a BSEE, Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Owen Chen, General Manager China
Owen Chen has headed Xena APAC and Xena China since November 2016. With over 16 years in the test & measurement industry, he is a highly experienced professional with hands-on experience of both network testing and business development. Owen came to Xena from Spirent where he played multiple roles from pre-sales service engineer, product specialist, tech support, to business manager of multiple business units throughout APAC, helping Spirent to remarkable sales successes in that period. Owen has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunication
Sanjay Kumar, General Manager India
Sanjay Kumar B J took over as head of Xena’s operations in India in 2016. He has more than a dozen years’ experience in the sale of Ccommunication test and measurements solutions to leading NEMs, Carriers, Service Providers, Enterprise, Government and Defence verticals. Before joining Xena, Sanjay was the Senior Regional Sales Manager for Ixia in India, managing the largest NEM customer, Cisco India. Sanjay Kumar has a Bachelor’s degree in electronics from Bangalore University.
Board of Directors
Lars Pedersen, Chairman
Lars Pedersen has led and grown technology companies around the world, from California to Copenhagen, and has more than 20 years of experience across the fintech, wireless, telecommunications, management consulting, and offshore sonar equipment industries. Leading up to joining Creditcall as CEO in 2014, Lars was CEO of CommProve, a Dublin-based telecom software company; CEO of InnovFocus, a New York-based management consulting and M&A firm; CEO of RESON Inc., a California-based sonar equipment company; President of the Anritsu Instruments Group based in New York; and Deputy CEO at NetTest A/S. Originally from Denmark, Dr. Pedersen holds a PhD in Photonics and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering both from the Technical University of Denmark. Lars holds patents in optical test equipment and in sonar equipment.
Henrik Hvidtfeldt is a serial entrepreneur and turnaround specialist working with startup companies and larger companies that are struggling. Henrik is Chairman of cBrain, and has been board member / investor of RESON a/s (divested to Terradyne), Chairman / Investor of AudioAsic A/S (divested to Analog devices), CEO and founder COCOM A/S (divested to CISCO), CEO / board member TENFORE a/s (divested to Morningstar), and board member OLICOM a/s (public). Henrik Hvidtfeldt holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor in Business Administration with major in International Trade, Mergers and Acquisitions. Henrik holds patents in data communication and pattern recognition.
Jacob Vestergaard Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer
Jacob Nielsen is an experienced entrepreneur with 20 years of international experience in the European and US networking and telecom industry. Before Jacob founded Xena Networks, Jacob has held engineering and executive positions with companies in the networking and telecom industry, including NKT Elektronik, DSC communications, Vitesse Semiconductor, Enigma Semiconductor, and he is the founder of two technology companies. Jacob is a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.
Since 2012 Michael Brock has been actively engaged as a Board Member for a number of hi-tech companies including Xena Networks. Prior to that, he worked with innovation and business development at Brüel&Kjær in Denmark, where he was the key driver and innovator for developing and commercializing the technology. He subsequently held CEO positions in the medical businesses – first in GN Otometrics and later as CEO for BK Medical – the global leader in the field of diagnostic ultrasound systems for urology. Michael Brock has a Master Degree in Electronics engineering from Danish Technical University in 1979.