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Kent Brown

Vice President Strategic Planning


"AFL's history of driving sustainable growth is firmly anchored in our people and our ability to understand customer needs and deliver tangible value. It is exciting to be part of a global organization focused on making a difference."

Kent Brown is vice president strategic planning. He assumed this role in 2017, and is responsible for leading AFL’s overall strategic planning and initiatives to ensure AFL’s continued growth. Kent’s career at AFL spans over 20 years, and his recent work on several merger and acquisition (M&A) projects, as well as his overall experience in AFL’s markets, positions him well for this new role.

Most recently, Kent was instrumental in finalizing AFL’s joint venture between Optronics and NetIG. The joint venture focuses on capturing global opportunities in the data center and enterprise markets. Kent led integration efforts and has been key in driving several growth initiatives that have resulted in substantial growth for the business.

Prior to working on AFL’s global strategic initiatives, Kent led the enterprise services business. During this time, he enhanced go-to-market strategy through regional leadership teams across a nine-state footprint. He also had a key role in the accelerated growth and expansion of the wireless and data center markets.

Earlier, Kent served as director of access solutions where he headed the creation of business groups focused on system integration for emerging FTTX solutions and applications.

Kent joined the AFL team in 1994 as a regional sales manager for the energy and utility units. He was soon promoted to director of sales responsible for the North American sales region for four market based teams. These sales teams generated approximately $275 million in revenue under his supervision.

Kent earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is an active member of many local charities including the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society, and the Southeastern Children’s Home.