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Unified Communications: Polycom Appoints New Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

February 24, 2011

With an aim to boost its strategic transformation efforts, Polycom, Inc., has appointed world-class information technology leader Ari Bose as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO).

With a master’s degree in software engineering from the National University in San Diego, Bose will also be responsible for Polycom's internal global visual communications network, which is powered by the Polycom UC Intelligent Core infrastructure platform and supports nearly 100,000 video calls per month.

Prior to joining Polycom, Bose was working with UTStarcom, a global leader in IP-based networking and telecommunications solutions, as senior vice president, CIO, and business transformation officer. He has also worked with 3Com as vice president and CIO. At 3Com, he transformed IT into a business-partner-oriented organization across 3Com's business and geographic footprint.

"Ari joins Polycom at what we believe is an inflection point for our company and our industry," said Michael Kourey, Polycom executive vice president and chief financial officer, in a press release. "Ari's leadership, technical competence, and proven track record in business transformation and efficiency make him the ideal CIO for Polycom at this exciting stage for our company."

"Polycom is an impressive company with a tremendous opportunity to capture the momentum of the fast-growing UC market. Polycom customer-premise and cloud-based UC solutions are renowned for quality, and the company's open, standards-based foundation gives IT leaders unrivalled flexibility, choice, and investment protection -- critical to our customers as they build out their UC networks," said Bose. "I am thrilled to join Polycom, to serve as an example of how businesses can be truly transformed by UC technologies, and am energized by our overall evolution into what I believe will be one of the most important network companies worldwide."

Polycom, Inc., is a global leader in unified communications solutions with industry-leading telepresence, video, voice and infrastructure solutions built on open standards. The company has been shipping HD voice for 10 years. The first HD voice product was released in year 2000 and supported Siren 7 (7 kHz audio).

Rahul Arora is a unified communications contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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