UC&C industry veteran Pierre-Jean Châlon leads combined Plantronics and Polycom business to deliver state-of-the-art audio and video solutions to customers in the region
- Media OutReach - February 21, 2019 - Plantronics
(NYSE : PLT), an audio pioneer and unified communications and collaboration (UC&C)
technology leader, today announced a new leadership team in Asia Pacific
(APAC). This move uniquely positions the company to meet market needs for
easier and more consistent communication and collaboration solutions.
Pierre-Jean, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific
Leading the region is Pierre-Jean Châlon who will expand his role
to oversee both Plantronics and Polycom teams as Senior Vice President, Asia
Pacific. He will manage the company's joint business in APAC, spanning voice, video,
content and cloud solutions for customers as they work, share, collaborate, and
play. A highly accomplished sales and management leader with over 30 years of
extensive experience, Châlon has been Plantronics' Vice President of Asia
Pacific since 2018. He has a strong track record of success in highly
competitive environments, understanding technology trends and evolving
customer needs, growing both top and bottom line results in leading edge
technology markets, scaling up businesses, building world-class teams and
transforming both go-to-market and cultures. Prior to joining Plantronics, Châlon
held several senior management roles in global technology companies and has
worked and lived in the APAC region for the past 25 years.
The region's management
reporting to Châlon will lead their
respective teams in driving engagement with customers and partners, building
world-class go-to-market strategies. The team comprises of:
- Alex Lee, Vice President, Greater
China. Lee was previously Vice President for Greater China Sales at
- Andrew Hurt, Managing Director,
ANZ. Hurt was most recently Director of Sales for Australia at NEC.
- Ankur Goel, Managing Director,
India & SAARC, India. Goel was previously Director of Commercial Sales
and Head of Channels for India at Polycom.
- Nobuyuki Koike, Country Manager,
Japan. Koike was previously Country Manager for Japan at Polycom.
- Samir Sayed, Managing Director,
Southeast Asia and Korea. Samir was previously Regional Sales Director for
Southeast Asia at Polycom.
"We are extremely
proud of our leadership team appointments in APAC that will drive the growth
and innovation of the combined company. Pierre-Jean, who is a respected
industry veteran with decades of successful leadership roles across the region,
is a great choice to head up the joint business for Plantronics and Polycom in
APAC. He will continue to grow our
business in the region by driving strong partnerships with our customers and
partners," said Jeff Loebbaka, Executive Vice President, Global Sales. "The
industry is constantly evolving. The strength in our expanded portfolio calls
for the right structure in place at a critical time when customers demand best-in-class
audio and video solutions that are easy to buy, use and manage."
"It is an
exciting time to be in the UC and collaboration industry. Gen Z, the tech-savvy
new generation who is entering the workforce, is changing the way we work,
communicate and collaborate. Better productivity and team collaboration
continues to be a priority across industries in APAC, as organizations
continually look to implement smarter and more efficient ways of working.
Plantronics is well-placed to capitalize on these opportunities," said Châlon. "The combination of Plantronics and Polycom
gives us one of the largest portfolio of communication and collaboration solutions
with a breadth of capabilities to meet our customers' needs. I am excited to
have a team of proven leaders with vast experience in technology markets. I
look forward to developing even stronger ties with our customers and wide
ecosystem of partners, and propelling Plantronics towards new achievements in
the APAC region."
Polycom now offer an unparalleled portfolio of integrated, intelligent
solutions that spans headsets, software, desk phones, audio and video
conferencing, and cloud services. This combined offering empowers people with
the tools and flexibility they need to create the best experience when
connecting to what is important to them.
significant presence in Asia Pacific, with multiple offices in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea,
Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
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