Ex-Extreme Global Sales Chief Joins Virginia Solution Provider


Michael Seaton, who exited the top global sales job at Extreme Networks last month, is the new president of Blue Door Networks, a Herndon, Va.-based solution provider.

Blue Door was founded in 2011 and is a subsidiary of TAM Technologies. Its specialties include cloud, wireless networking, data center, video, unified communications and managed services, and its major vendor partnerships include Rackspace, ShoreTel, Juniper, Polycom, Dell, Aruba and Extreme, with which it is a Platinum partner.

Seaton, a 24-year veteran of the industry, spent eight years at Extreme, where he moved from vice president-level strategic alliance and services positions to the global sales job. Earlier in his career, he held various sales and management positions with AT&T, Lucent and Avaya.

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Frank Carlucci, Blue Door's CEO, described Seaton as an "extraordinarily talented executive."

"He is a strategic thought leader, who is brilliant at strategy and execution, and has clearly established himself as a champion in the networking industry," Carlucci said in a statement. "His in-depth knowledge of the networking industry will help us expand our business in key markets. We are privileged to have him as part of our team."

Extreme noted Seaton's resignation in a late April 8-K filing, with his exit official as of the end of May.

Extreme has made a number of executive hires since Oscar Rodriguez took over as CEO in 2010, including Gavin Cato, vice president, engineering; David Ginsburg, chief marketing officer; Theresa Caragol, vice president, worldwide channels; and John Kurtzweil, CFO.