Polycom Names New CMO, Global Field Chief

Hansjoerg Wagner is now Polycom's senior vice president of global field operations -- a promotion from his role running Polycom's Asia Pacific business. Wagner will remain president of Polycom APAC, while adding global service sales, global sales processes and Polycom's global cloud initiative to his responsibilities.

Polycom also made several additional appointments to round out Wagner's team. Gary Testa, a veteran of IBM Tivoli and Ditech Networks, has joined Polycom as vice president, Global Cloud and Service Provider Solutions Group, while Steven Li will remain vice president of Polycom China. Michael Chetner, previously a country manager for Australia and New Zealand, has been promoted to vice president, Asia Pacific, not including China. In addition, Paul Newell is now vice president, Asia Pacific Field Operations.

Elsewhere, Polycom has named Kate Hutchison its new chief marketing officer and executive vice president. Hutchison is a 20-year marketing veteran with stints at VMware, Citrix and BEA on her resume. She will report to Polycom President and CEO Andy Miller, and head up product marketing, corporate marketing, industry marketing and global field marketing, according to Polycom.

Polycom's previous CMO, Heidi Melin, was earlier this week confirmed as executive vice president and CMO at Taleo Corp.

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All the moves are part of an ongoing executive makeover in Polycom's top ranks. Miller, who joined Polycom in July 2009 and was a former CEO of Polycom archival Tandberg, became Polycom CEO in May 2010, succeeding longtime leader Robert Hagerty.

Other major hires in the past year have included Joseph Burton, formerly Cisco's CTO for unified communications and now Polycom's chief strategy and technology officer, and Sudhakar Ramakrishna, a former Motorola corporate vice president and now Polycom's chief development officer.

"Promoting and recruiting these proven leaders bolsters our depth and breadth of talent as we drive Polycom to the $2 billion revenue mark and beyond," said Miller in a statement.

Polycom has been on a hot streak lately following strong earnings -- including a sevenfold jump in profit year-over-year during its fiscal first quarter -- a bolstered channel program, and the acquisition of video content management specialist Accordent Technologies.