APPOINTMENTS: Polycom, WatchGuard, Extreme Networks, and IDT all emphasise growth

APPOINTMENTS: Polycom, WatchGuard, Extreme Networks, and IDT all emphasise growth

Polycom appoints Denman, WatchGuard promotes Collins, Ghosh joins Extreme Networks, and IDT appoints Sommerich

Denman joins Polycom as MD for A/NZ

Unified communications (UC) provider, Polycom has appointed Gary Denman as A/NZ managing director to boost its growth in the region and its fast-growing UC market.

“My primary responsibility is to run the A/NZ business from a sales, marketing, and channel development standpoint,” Denman said. “This means ensuring that we are servicing our customers and ensuring we do that with partners so they can build their business and deliver services through whichever means is required.”

Denman was taken on board due to his senior leadership expertise which will be used to expand the company’s presence in the market, according to Polycom APAC vice-president, Michael Chetner.

Denman believes that his appointment comes at a key period of growth and opportunity for Polycom in A/NZ, particularly due to the emergence and impact of the consumerisation of IT.

“With a strong reputation and foundation in delivering open standards-based solutions for customers across the glove, Polycom is perfectly placed to capture the momentum of the fast-growing UC and video market,” said Denman.

WatchGuard promotes Collins to take care of sales engineering

Business security solutions provider, WatchGuard Technologies has promoted Rob Collins to senior sales engineer for APAC.

Collins will be responsible for WatchGuard’s regional sales engineering activities in support of customer deployments and channel momentum.

He will work with WatchGuard’s engineering teams to facilitate skill sharing and training, co-ordinate projects that span the region and support the company’s program for a unified global sales engineering strategy.

“This will give WatchGuard the opportunity to streamline engineering activities, improve efficiencies and provide channel partners and customers with best practice security consultation,” WatchGuard APAC vice-president, Scott Robertson, said.

Previously, Collins held the role of systems engineer for A/NZ, and was in charge of providing regional architecture design and support services to WatchGuard partners and customers in the southern region.

Before joining WatchGuard, Collins held positions at Trend Micro, Blue Coat Systems, and Merck Group.

Ghosh to drive Extreme Networks sales for A/NZ

Joy Ghosh has joined Extreme Networks as vice-president for APAC sales, with responsibilities to cover A/NZ.

According to Extreme Networks president and CEO, Oscar Rodriguez, Ghosh was hired for sales leadership experience.

“He has a deep knowledge of networking, extensive background in enterprise sales, and brings the leadership skills we need to regain growth in Asia,” Rodriguez said.

Ghosh was previously a sales executive for anti-spam software provider, IronPoint, a company which was acquired by Cisco in 2007. In the position, he grew revenues from $3 million to $37 million, and expanded the IronPort team from three to 62 people over three years.

Ghosh has also held sales roles for Symantec, Wipro, and Zscaler.

IDT appoints Sommerich as part of growth strategy

Video and data display technology provider, Image Design Technology (IDT) has announced the appointment of Rod Sommerich as its new national sales manager.

Sommerich will lead a team dedicated to acquiring new business and developing a strong relationship with suppliers and customers.

As part of the role, he will also implement a certified technology specialist programme so all sales and technical support staff have the relevant industry knowledge and resources to deliver AV solutions across the country.

Sommerich’s appointment is part of an aggressive long-term growth strategy, according to IDT managing director, Gerry Wilkins.

“We’re ramping up for significant growth over the next few years and a huge component of that growth is ensuring we achieve a good balance in the different types of solutions we implement – and this is where Sommerich’s extensive knowledge in the AV and broadcast sector will be key,” Wilkins said.

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