Senior Vice President and General Manager, Optical Communications
Michael A. Bell is senior vice president and general manager, Optical Communications. In this role, Bell has end-to-end responsibilities for the Optical Communications Market-Access Platform, including Optical Connectivity Solutions (OCS), Optical Fiber and Cable (OFC), and Optical Commercial Operations (OCO).
Bell joined Corning in 1991 as a process engineer for the Telecommunications Cable Plant in Hickory, North Carolina. Subsequently, he held a variety of positions in manufacturing and engineering. Since 2001, Bell provided leadership as program manager to establish a new Japanese equity company, Advanced Cable Systems. He consolidated two plants into the current Hickory Cable Facility as plant manager, and led the Corning Cable Systems (CCS) SAP implementation. Bell was appointed CCS Americas Cable Manufacturing Manager in 2004, which was expanded to include Hardware manufacturing in 2009.
In 2011, Bell established CCS Global Product Line Management, creating differentiated optical solutions through “next practice” processes. Bell was appointed senior vice president and general manager, Optical Connectivity Solutions for Corning Optical Communications in 2012. He was responsible for leveraging capabilities to create integrated solutions, improve reach, and penetrate emerging markets.
Prior to joining Corning, Bell served as a Submarine Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy.
He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from West Virginia University.