Former Juniper Networks and Microsoft executive will lead sales strategy and execution to drive revenue, profit and market share growth for Polycom in APAC
SINGAPORE & SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLCM) today announced that Geoff Thomas has joined the company as President, Polycom Asia Pacific. In this role, Thomas is responsible for leading the company’s regional sales strategy and execution to drive customer success, brand affinity and profitable growth.
Polycom Appoints Geoff Thomas as President of Asia Pacific. (Photo: Business Wire)
Thomas joins Polycom from Juniper Networks, where he was Vice President Enterprise Sales Asia Pacific. He also has a long career history with Microsoft Corporation, where he served in several leadership roles, which included business development in emerging markets.
“Geoff’s leadership and strong background in sales, emerging markets, and business development will steer Polycom’s business in the right direction in the critical Asia Pacific region,” said Peter Leav, President and Chief Executive Officer, Polycom. “Every market in this region has unique opportunities as more organizations discover the benefits of video, voice and content collaboration. Geoff will place renewed emphasis on strengthening our partnerships and providing our customers with the industry’s best experience.”
A dynamic sales and business leader, Thomas has successfully led large teams spanning several geographies, including Australia, the United States, and Greater China. His expertise lies in strategic partnerships, channels, solutions selling, and go-to-market strategy across multiple business verticals.
“I am delighted to join Polycom and lead the company’s team and growth plans in Asia Pacific,” said Thomas. “Polycom helps businesses of all sizes, in virtually every industry, defy distance and improve productivity through authentic collaboration experiences. I look forward to working closely with our partners and sales team to deliver the industry’s best solutions to our customers and driving their success.”
At Juniper Networks, Geoff led the company’s enterprise business across all markets in Asia Pacific, namely Australia and New Zealand, Greater China, India, South East Asia, Japan, and Korea. This role came with the responsibility of achieving over $300 million revenue, and the successful implementation of the company’s enterprise strategy across all APAC markets. Prior to his role at Juniper Networks, he had a successful 15-year career at Microsoft, where he held several executive leadership positions.
Polycom helps organizations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection. Visit www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more.
Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding future revenue, profit, market share growth, and profitable growth for Polycom. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including competition; demand for our products and solutions and changing requirements in the marketplace and in the APAC region; our ability to successfully execute on sales strategy designed to drive revenue, profit, market share growth and profitable growth; and disruptions due to today’s announced organizational change. These and other risks and uncertainties related to our business are discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, and in other reports filed by Polycom with the SEC. Polycom disclaims any intent or obligations to update these forward-looking statements.
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