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Name: Tyler Vander Ploeg

Job Title: Fiber Solutions Marketing Manager

Country: United States of America

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your current role at VIAVI?

I have been with the company for 15 years; both as a Product Manager and in Solutions Marketing, with a focus on fiber testing. I get to work closely with customers, engineers, sales, and various industry experts. We are leaders in network testing across the board and this gives me a front row seat to both new trends and technology developments. One of the best parts of the role is being able to share with our customers about exciting new fiber test products from the innovation-led VIAVI product teams and how we can help our customers overcome the challenges they face day-to-day.

As for my favorite part of my work, I’d have to say that managing product launches rate really high on my list. Some of my best launches over the years have been the OLTS-85, Fiber Chek Probe, MPOLx, Sidewinder, MAP-300, and just recently the CleanBlastPRO. It’s exciting to collaborate with different groups within VIAVI as we prepare everything behind the scenes, but even more exciting is when we celebrate a launch with a special event. One of the best was the launch of the OLTS-85 Optical Loss Test Set, where we had a launch party in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium. It was during a BICSI Conference and the room was filled with customers and industry experts excited about the product.

I am proud to be part of a culture that helps our customers leverage a global team of network test experts working together every day, all dedicated to helping customers overcome their challenges.

Tell us about your favorite hobby and what skills or qualities it enables you to bring to your role at VIAVI.

I have played guitar in rock & roll bands for over 25 years. It is very fulfilling to combine creativity with the disciplines of constant learning, but my favorite part is collaborating with the rest of the band to create and deliver something together. Each person in the band is an expert in their instrument and plays a key role to the overall success of playing the song(s). This same concept is true within VIAVI, but instead of guitar players, drummers, singers, etc … we have engineers, product managers, sales, marketing, and regional experts across the globe.

In my role as Solutions Marketing Manager, not only do I work at bringing the best of what I do, but I trust and rely on my colleagues as experts in their own areas, to bring their best as well. This collaboration of expertise creates beautiful music!

 Name something that VIAVI offers that would be exciting for early-in-career employees.

As a global company, VIAVI has experts all over the world that every level of employee gets to work with every day. Not only does this provide employees the opportunity to build relationships around the world, it also allows us to travel outside of our own backyards, learn about cultures different than our own, and welcome each other when hosting visitors to our own cities and countries.

This global perspective reveals how much we all have in common; it has also helped clarify how the variety of different cultures, experiences, and ideas is advantageous in delivering new and innovative solutions to help our customers.

You can read more about VIAVI Customer and Partner Champions on the “Together with VIAVI” website.

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