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Polycom appoints Hansjoerg C. Wagner to head Asia Pacific region and promotes Leo Cortjens to VP Global Alliances

  • 26 April, 2006 15:44

<p>Polycom, the world’s leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, has announced the appointment of former Packeteer Asia Pacific managing director Hansjoerg C. Wagner, as Vice President and Managing Director, Polycom Asia Pacific. Leo Cortjens, who held the position of Acting Vice President Asia Pacific, is promoted to a newly created role of Vice President, Global Alliances.</p>
<p>Based in Polycom’s offices in Singapore, Wagner will report directly to Kim Niederman, Vice President Worldwide Sales. Cortjens will return to Polycom’s headquarters in the US and also report to Kim Niederman.</p>
<p>Wagner joins Polycom from Packeteer Asia Pacific where he transformed the Asian operations for the global market leader in the fast growing WAN Optimisation and Application Traffic Management market into the fastest growing global region, accounting for about 30 percent of Packeteer’s overall revenues. Prior to this, Wagner held various senior management roles at Netegrity (acquired by Computer Associates and the leading provider of security solutions in the Identity &amp; Access Management space) and Milgo Solutions (formerly Racal Data Group).</p>
<p>“Hansjoerg’s strong background in the technology sector coupled with his tremendous success in growing sales make him an ideal fit for our committed focus on this region,” said Kim Niederman. Polycom has enjoyed a recent expansion of marketshare in Asia and Hansjoerg will help us achieve higher penetration of collaborative conferencing products and solution in the region’s enterprises.”</p>
<p>“Leo achieved enormous success in the Asia Pacific theatre, growing the business over 27 percent in two consecutive quarters - an incredible achievement in a very short timeframe,” said Niederman. “He also played a key role in recruiting Hansjoerg. Leo leaves the region having inspired customers, partners and employees alike and putting in place a number of new sales and marketing strategies that have resulted in enterprises increasingly deploying Polycom video, voice and content products and solutions.”</p>
<p>With over seven years in senior executive roles at Polycom, Cortjens will assume responsibility for one of Polycom’s primary strategic initiatives for 2006 and beyond - Global Alliances - building strong relations with technology alliance partners such as Alcatel, Avaya, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Nortel, among others, as well as establishing new partnerships on a global basis.</p>
<p>About Polycom
Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximise the efficiency and productivity of people and organisations by integrating the broadest array of video, voice, data and Web solutions to deliver the ultimate communications experience. Polycom's high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence-based networks. With its market driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organisations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage in real-time communications and collaboration. The NASDAQ-listed company is based in Pleasanton, California, USA, and has Asia-Pacific offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. For additional information, visit the Polycom site at www.polycomasia.com or call 1800 355 355.</p>
<p>Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2006, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.</p>
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