Plantronics President and CEO Taking Temporary Leave of Absence

  Plantronics President and CEO Taking Temporary Leave of Absence

                 Company CFO Pamela Strayer Named Acting CEO

Business Wire

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- April 14, 2013

Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT) today announced that president and CEO Ken
Kannappan will be taking a temporary medical leave of absence to address a
treatable form of cancer, starting immediately. He is expected to be on leave
for approximately four months. During this time, Ken will stay involved in
directing the company to the extent practical. Plantronics CFO Pamela Strayer
will serve as the acting CEO during Ken’s absence. He will remain a member of
the board of directors during his leave.

“It is in my best interest and that of Plantronics that I take this time to
focus on my health while Pam and the rest of our excellent executive team
continue to execute our strategy,” said Ken.” I am committed to actively
engaging in the business as my health permits and plan to return at the
conclusion of my treatments.”

“We commend Ken and support his request to take this leave and wish him the
best as he focuses on his health,” said Marv Tseu, chairman of the board,
Plantronics. “The board has complete confidence in the strong management team
that Ken has built. Pam and the team are well positioned to continue to
implement the Plantronics strategy and run day-to-day operations.”

Pam joined Plantronics in July 2012 as senior vice president and chief
financial officer. She is responsible for all aspects of the company’s
financial management in addition to managing the company’s IT, legal and
investor relations organizations.

As previously scheduled, Plantronics will report fourth quarter and fiscal
year 2013 earnings on May 7, 2013.

About Plantronics

Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and
consumers. We have pioneered new trends in audio technology for over 50 years,
creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. From
Unified Communication solutions to Bluetooth headsets, we deliver
uncompromising quality, an ideal experience, and extraordinary service.
Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100, as well as 911
dispatch, air traffic control and the New York Stock Exchange. For more
information, please visit www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.

Safe Harbor

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section
27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements relating to
(i) Mr. Kannappan will be taking a temporary medical leave of absence to
address a treatable form of cancer; (ii) he will remain on the Board of
Directors during his absence; (iii) that Ms. Strayer and the rest of the
executive team will continue to execute on our strategy and implement day to
day operations; and (iv) that Mr. Kannappan plans to return at the conclusion
of his treatments; in addition to other matters discussed in this press
release that are not purely historical data. We do not assume any obligation
to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as the result
of new developments or otherwise.

Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause
actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such
statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those contemplated are:

  *Micro and macro economic conditions in our domestic and international
    markets;
  *our ability to realize our UC plans and to achieve the financial results
    projected to arise from UC adoption could be adversely affected by the
    following factors: (i) as UC becomes more widely adopted, the risk that
    competitors will offer solutions that will effectively commoditize our
    headsets which, in turn, will reduce the sales prices for our headsets;
    (ii) UC solutions may not be adopted with the breadth and speed in the
    marketplace that we currently anticipate; (iii) the development of UC
    solutions is technically complex and this may delay or inhibit our ability
    to introduce solutions to the market on a timely basis and that are cost
    effective, feature rich, stable and attractive to our customers; (iv) as
    UC becomes more widely adopted we anticipate that competition for market
    share will increase, and some competitors may have superior technical and
    economic resources; and, (v) our plans are dependent upon adoption of our
    UC solution by major platform providers such as Microsoft Corporation,
    Cisco Systems, Inc., Avaya, Inc., Alcatel-Lucent, and IBM, and we have a
    limited ability to influence such providers with respect to the
    functionality of their platforms, their rate of deployment, and their
    willingness to integrate their platforms with our solutions, and our
    support expenditures may substantially increase over time due to the
    complex nature of the platforms developed by the major UC providers as
    these platforms continue to evolve and become more commonly adopted;
  *failure to match production to demand given long lead times and the
    difficulty of forecasting unit volumes and acquiring the component parts
    and materials to meet demand without having excess inventory or incurring
    cancellation charges;
  *volatility in prices from our suppliers, including our manufacturers
    located in China, have and could negatively affect our profitability
    and/or market share;
  *fluctuations in foreign exchange rates;
  *with respect to our stock repurchase program, prevailing stock market
    conditions generally, and the price of our stock specifically;
  *the bankruptcy or financial weakness of distributors or key customers, or
    the bankruptcy of or reduction in capacity of our key suppliers; and,
  *additional risk factors including: interruption in the supply of
    sole-sourced critical components, continuity of component supply at costs
    consistent with our plans, the inherent risks of our substantial foreign
    operations, and problems that might affect our manufacturing facilities in
    Mexico.

For more information concerning these and other possible risks, please refer
to our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission on May 25, 2012 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, as well as recent press releases. These filings can be accessed
over the Internet at http://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html.

Plantronics and the logo design are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Plantronics, Inc. The Bluetooth name and the Bluetooth trademarks are owned by
Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used by Plantronics, Inc. under license. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact:

Investor:
Greg Klaben, 831-458-7533
Vice President of Investor Relations
or
Media:
Genevieve Haldeman, 831-458-7343
Vice President of Global Communications
 
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