Former Juniper Networks and Microsoft executive will lead sales strategy and execution to drive revenue, profit and market share growth for Polycom in APAC
INDIA, New Delhi – Jul. 9, 2014 – Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) today announced that Geoff Thomas has joined the company as President, Polycom Asia Pacific. In this role, Thomas is responsible for leading the company’s regional sales strategy and execution to drive customer success, brand affinity and profitable growth.
Thomas joins Polycom from Juniper Networks, where he was Vice President Enterprise Sales Asia Pacific. He also has a long career history with Microsoft Corporation, where he served in several leadership roles, which included business development in emerging markets.
“Geoff’s leadership and strong background in sales, emerging markets, and business development will steer Polycom’s business in the right direction in the critical Asia Pacific region,” said Peter Leav, President and Chief Executive Officer, Polycom. “Every market in this region has unique opportunities as more organisations discover the benefits of video, voice and content collaboration. Geoff will place renewed emphasis on strengthening our partnerships and providing our customers with the industry’s best experience.”
A dynamic sales and business leader, Thomas has successfully led large teams spanning several geographies, including Australia, the United States, and Greater China. His expertise lies in strategic partnerships, channels, solutions selling, and go-to-market strategy across multiple business verticals.
“I am delighted to join Polycom and lead the company’s team and growth plans in Asia Pacific,” said Thomas. “Polycom helps businesses of all sizes, in virtually every industry, defy distance and improve productivity through authentic collaboration experiences. I look forward to working closely with our partners and sales team to deliver the industry’s best solutions to our customers and driving their success.”
At Juniper Networks, Geoff led the company’s enterprise business across all markets in Asia Pacific, namely Australia and New Zealand, Greater China, India, South East Asia, Japan, and Korea. This role came with the responsibility of achieving over $300 million revenue, and the successful implementation of the company’s enterprise strategy across all APAC markets. Prior to his role at Juniper Networks, he had a successful 15-year career at Microsoft, where he held several executive leadership positions.