January 19, 2021

Polycom appoints two new presidents

BANGALORE, INDIA: Unified cmmunications company Polycom announced the appointments of two new executives into its team. Michael Alp has been appointed as president of the Asia Pacific region and Damian Artt as president of the Americas.


Alp and Artt will be responsible for leading the sales strategy and execution in their respective geographies, to help drive the next phase of growth and opportunities for Polycom, says a release.


Polycom president and CEO, Andy Miller. “Late last year, Polycom announced the largest and most important product launch in our history, with solutions designed to accelerate the mass adoption of video collaboration and fuel new growth opportunities for Polycom and our partners. Damian and Michael will lead Polycom’s execution of this launch in their respective theatres, helping to drive growth for the Company and our partner community.”


Michael Alp brings to Polycom experience and expertise across hardware, infrastructure, and application software, and has been responsible for leading growth plans for technology companies throughout Asia Pacific and Japan. Alp joins Polycom from technology and cloud computing firm EMC Corporation, where he served as vice president, Asia Pacific and Japan for backup & recovery systems business based out of Hong Kong. Before EMC he was with Data Domain as vice president, Asia Pacific and Japan. He holds a BA in Politics and Psychology from the University of Adelaide.


Alp takes over the reins from Hansjoerg Wagner, who recently retired from Polycom after serving in the role for more than six years.


Damian Artt brings to Polycom experience in both sales and services growth, and is experienced in solutions selling and building world class sales organisations. Prior to joining Polycom, he served as senior vice president for Wind River Systems’ worldwide sales and services organisation, helping the company grow revenue significantly from 2007 to 2009 (Wind River Systems was acquired by Intel in 2009). Prior to his eight-year stint at Wind River Systems, Artt held a variety of executive level sales and operational roles at Cadence Design Systems over a span of 12 years. Artt holds a BS in Engineering, from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.