Polycom Bulks Up
No sooner did Joe Sigrist exit Polycom than the longtime video and IP communications vendor pluck a boatland of industry veterans from Cisco, Motorola, Oracle, Xerox and other tech titans. Chief among the hires is longtime Cisco stalwart Joe Burton, who is Polycom's new chief strategy and technology officer following a 15-year career -- including a highly visible UC role -- at Cisco. Then there's Motorola vet Sudkahar Ramakrishna, who will join Polycom on Oct. 11 in the role of chief development officer, a role that puts him in charge of Polycom's newly merged voice and R&D teams. Burton and Ramakrishna, along with Polycom's other big ticket hires, prove new CEO Andy Miller doesn't plan to mess around.