Polycom Bolsters Its Executive Sales Leadership With New President Appointments for the Americas and Asia Pacific Theaters

Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:30am EST

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Damian Artt, President of the Americas and Michael Alp, President of APAC bring
wealth of leadership and transformational growth experience as Polycom looks to
accelerate video collaboration adoption and fuel new growth opportunities
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced the appointments of two
new Presidents, Damian Artt as President of the Americas and Michael Alp as
President of the Asia Pacific region. Artt and Alp will be responsible for
leading the sales strategy and execution in their respective geographies, to
help drive the next phase of growth and opportunities for Polycom. 

"I am extremely pleased to announce the appointments of Damian Artt and Michael
Alp, two world-class and dynamic sales leaders who have both led
transformational growth in high-tech companies, and will be great leaders in our
Americas and Asia Pacific regions, respectively," said Polycom President and
CEO, Andy Miller. "Late last year, Polycom announced the largest and most
important product launch in our history, with solutions designed to accelerate
the mass adoption of video collaboration and fuel new growth opportunities for
Polycom and our partners. Damian and Michael will lead Polycom`s execution of
this launch in their respective theaters, helping to drive growth for the
Company and our partner community." 

"I`m thrilled to have Damian and Michael on board, which now completes Polycom`s
sales leadership team across all theaters," said Tracey Newell, EVP of Global
Sales. "Damian and Michael are proven sales leaders with deep experience in
technology and solutions selling, and will help take Polycom to new levels." 

Damian Artt Brings Sales and Services Leadership to Americas Region

Artt brings to Polycom a wealth of experience in both sales and services growth,
and is experienced in solutions selling and building world class sales
organizations. Prior to joining Polycom, he served as Senior Vice President for
Wind River Systems` worldwide sales and services organization, helping the
company grow revenue significantly from 2007 to 2009 (Wind River Systems was
acquired by Intel in 2009). Prior to his eight years spent at Wind River
Systems, Artt held a variety of executive level sales and operational roles at
Cadence Design Systems over a span of 12 years. Artt holds a BS in Engineering,
from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

"I joined Polycom because we have the ability to literally change the way
businesses communicate and collaborate forever," said Artt. "The industry is
transforming rapidly, and Polycom is in a unique position to accelerate the
adoption of video collaboration, enabling businesses to see benefits such as
significant productivity gains, improved communications, and better employee

The Americas geography includes both North America and CaLA (Caribbean and Latin
America). Artt takes over the Americas role from Newell, who led the region on
an interim basis since July 2012. Through Q3 2012, Polycom has gained 5% market
share in North America. Artt will be based at the Company`s headquarters in San

Michael Alp Brings Combination of Hardware and Software Experience to Asia
Pacific Team

Alp brings to Polycom experience and expertise across hardware, infrastructure,
and application software, and has been responsible for leading aggressive growth
plans for major technology companies throughout Asia Pacific and Japan. Alp
joins Polycom from technology and cloud computing firm EMC Corporation, where he
was most recently Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan for the Backup &
Recovery Systems business based out of Hong Kong. He was previously Vice
President, Asia Pacific and Japan, for Data Domain. Alp holds a BA in Politics
and Psychology from the University of Adelaide. 

"I am delighted to join Polycom and be given the opportunity to lead the
company`s progress in Asia Pacific," said Alp. "The company had an incredible
year of change in 2012 - from brand transformation to the announcement of new
groundbreaking technology and solutions that are completely changing the
industry and the way our customers do business. Polycom is well-placed to
capitalise on these opportunities. I am looking forward to developing even
stronger ties with the company`s wide ecosystem of partners and propelling
Polycom towards new achievements in the region." 

Polycom has significant presence in Asia Pacific, with multiple offices in
Australia, China, India, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan,
Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and the rest of South East Asia. Research figures
released in 2012 showed the company held majority market share in China and
India for videoconferencing systems in the 2011-2012 financial year. 

Alp takes over the reins from Hansjoerg Wagner, who recently retired from
Polycom after serving in the role for more than six years. 

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified communications and
collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by
more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by
the Polycom® RealPresence™ Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and
rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business,
mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video
collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000
partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best
user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit
www.polycom.asia or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn
how we`re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward. 

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe
harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
regarding future events, including statements regarding the appointments of the
new presidents helping to drive accelerated growth and opportunities for Polycom
and its partner community, Polycom solutions being designed to accelerate mass
adoption of video collaboration and fuel new growth opportunities, and Polycom
being uniquely positioned to accelerate adoption of video collaboration. These
forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause
actual results to differ materially, including the impact of competition on our
product sales and for our customers and partners; the impact of increased
competition due to consolidation in our industry or competition from companies
that are larger or that have greater resources than we do; potential
fluctuations in results and future growth rates; risks associated with general
economic conditions and external market factors; the market acceptance of our
products and changing market demands, including demands for differing
technologies or product and services offerings; our ability to successfully
integrate our acquisitions into our business; possible delays in the
development, availability and shipment of new products; increasing costs and
differing uses of capital; changes in key personnel that may cause disruption to
the business; the impact of restructuring actions; and the impact of global
conflicts that may adversely impact our business. Many of these risks and
uncertainties are discussed in the Company`s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for
the quarter ended September 30, 2012, 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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