Polycom appoints Michael Alp as Asia Pacific president

Telecom Lead Asia: Polycom has appointed Michael Alp as president of the Asia Pacific region.

Alp joins Polycom from technology and cloud computing firm EMC Corporation, where he was most recently vice president, Asia Pacific and Japan for the Backup & Recovery Systems business based out of Hong Kong. He was previously vice president, Asia Pacific and Japan, for Data Domain.

Polycom has significant presence in Asia Pacific, with offices in Australia, China, India, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and the rest of South East Asia. According to research agencies, Polycom held majority share in China and India for videoconferencing systems in the 2011-2012 financial year.

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

Meanwhile, Polycom has also appointed  Damian Artt as president of the Americas. Through Q3 2012, Polycom has gained 5 percent market share in North America.

“I am extremely pleased to announce the appointments of Damian Artt and Michael Alp, two world-class and dynamic sales leaders who have both led transformational growth in high-tech companies, and will be great leaders in our Americas and Asia Pacific regions, respectively,” said Polycom President and CEO, Andy Miller.

Before joining Polycom, Artt served as senior vice president for Wind River Systems’ worldwide sales and services organization, helping the company grow revenue significantly from 2007 to 2009 (Wind River Systems was acquired by Intel in 2009).

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