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Among the other new hires to Polycom is Sudhakar Ramakrishna as chief development officer, a position he'll assume officially on Oct. 11 and which will put him in charge of the merged voice and video R&D teams.
Ramakrishna was most recently at Motorola, where he served as corporate vice president and general manager for wireless broadband access solutions and software operations -- a role that made him responsible for, among other things, scaling Motorola's 4G wireless business. Ramakrishna also held executive roles at Stoke Networks and 3Com before Motorola.
Susan Hayden has also joined Polycom as executive vice president and general manager, Polycom SMB, where she'll direct the LOB strategy for Polycom's small- and mid-sized accounts. Hayden was most recently group vice president of sales for OracleDirect, in charge of SMB and midmarket growth efforts for Oracle, and before that held executive roles at SAP, Fidelity, Dun and Bradstreet Software, and Monster.com.
Then there's Alan Rudolph, Polycom's new senior vice president of global services, who comes to the networking vendor from Xerox's Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) unit. Rudolph was senior vice president for applications management and consulting and ACS, and before that he headed up global application product delivery at IBM, and had executive positions at Corio and Oracle.
Finally, Polycom has also added to its EMEA market and human resources teams. Gary Rider will take over as president of Polycom's EMEA theater, coming to Polycom from a stint as vice president of Europe Global Sales & Marketing for NCR, and various roles at HP and Digital equipment. Ashley Goldsmith will also join Polycom as senior vice president of human resources, following a similar role in the tissue diagnostics division of F. Hoffmann-LaRoche.
"Polycom grew sharply in the first-half of 2010 to a $1.2 billion revenue run-rate, and we expect this growth to continue into 2011 and beyond," said Miller in a statement Monday. "Unified communications is expected to be one of the fastest-growing sectors in technology, and Polycom is ideally positioned to deliver innovative solutions for our customers and strategic partners."
In the midst of Polycom's changes does come a departure. Polycom on Monday confirmed that Senior Vice President and General Manager, Video Solutions, Joe Sigrist, had left the company, without further explanation.
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