Polycom Names Electronic Arts Veteran Its New CFO, COO


Polycom on Wednesday confirmed Eric Brown as chief financial officer and chief operating officer, consolidating those two functions under one executive. It's part of an ongoing executive team makeover at Polycom that's brought new blood to almost all of its key executive team positions in the past three years.

Brown joins Polycom from video game software titan Electronic Arts, where he was executive vice president and CFO. He reports to Polycom President and CEO Andy Miller and is responsible for all of Polycom's financial, operational and IT functions. He replaces outgoing EVP and CFO Mike Kourey, whom Polycom confirmed is retiring from the company as of March 7.

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Before his stint at Electronic Arts, Brown was COO and CFO at McAfee, and before that, president and CFO of MicroStrategy.

"Eric's strengths and track record at finance, operations, and IT are exactly what Polycom needs at this time of unprecedented growth at the company," Miller said in a statement. "With Eric on board, we can put even more focus on innovation and I look forward to spending additional time with customers and focusing on our long-term strategy."

Miller took over Polycom's top job in May 2010 and executive changes have been a constant since then. In January, Polycom confirmed new area vice presidents in North America as well as new heads for two of its engineering units.

Polycom in January also reported record fourth quarter 2011 and fiscal 2011 earnings, including $1.5 billion in revenue for the year.