APPOINTMENTS: Panasonic, Polycom and Bravura bolster their ranks

New appointments made at unified communications and management software vendors

Panasonic Australia has appointed Matthew Connolly to the position of product marketing manager of unified communications.

Connolly will be responsible for the marketing strategy of Panasonic’s range of unified communication solutions and will work closely with the company’s key distributors and resellers.

Before coming to Panasonic, Connolly held the position of channel category manager at Imation following several years with the Sony marketing department for home audio.

“Unified communications is a very strong focus for Panasonic Australia moving forward and we are delighted to have Matthew join our team to drive this category as we gear up to deliver some very exciting new solutions to the Australian market,” Panasonic Business Systems Group group product marketing manager, Marc Amelung, said.

Another unified communications-related appointment has been made at Polycom, where Gavin Douglas has entered the role of regional sales manager for Queensland.

Douglas will be Polycom’s first dedicated territory manager for Queensland and will focus on the vendor’s relationships with existing and new customers, as well as its channel network in Queensland, to generate growth and customer adoption of Polycom solutions in the region.

Prior to this role, Douglas was at Microsoft in various sales, partner management and channel development positions, with experience in managing Microsoft’s relationship with the Queensland State Government and working with Microsoft’s enterprise partners.

“Gavin brings with him a deep understanding of Polycom’s strategic partnership with Microsoft, coupled with extensive expertise in the healthcare sector in Australia,” Polycom Asia Pacific vice-president, Michael Chetner, said.

“We are confident he will be a driving force in achieving our objectives for the Australian market.”

Management software and services provider, Bravura Solutions, has appointed Roland Slee as its Asia Pacific managing director.

In his role, Slee will be responsible for the company’s growth, generating new lines of business, implementing major change programs and taking charge of mergers and acquisitions in the region. Before coming to Bravura, Slee was with Oracle for eighteen years where he ran the company’s banking industry solutions team for Asia Pacific and led its middleware business before becoming a vice president.

“Roland is highly regarded as a leader, thinker and communicator within the information technology industry,” Bravura CEO, Tony Klim, said.

“We look forward to the rich knowledge and experience he will bring to our organisation.”

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