Mitel Strengthens Cloud Sales Management Team With the Appointment of Steve
Industry Veteran Joins Mitel From BT to Lead New Dedicated Global Cloud Sales
OTTAWA, Sept. 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a
leading provider of cloud and premises-based unified communications software
solutions, has expanded its sales management bench with the appointment of
Steve Kelly to lead a new global sales team dedicated to Mitel's cloud
offerings, including the Powered by Mitel wholesale offering for service
providers. Several Mitel partners, including Black Box, RackForce and
Windstream, have recently selected Powered by Mitel solutions as the
underlying technology for their cloud services offerings.
"We continue to see strong growth and significant demand for cloud-based
solutions with more than 300,000 public and private cloud users on the Mitel
solution to date, up 71 percent over last year," said Jon Brinton, General
Manager of Mitel's cloud business. "To take full advantage of this
opportunity, we've built a dedicated and global MiCloud sales team under the
strategic direction of Steve Kelly to further fuel and accelerate growth in
Mr. Kelly joins Mitel from BT where he was vice president of international
sales for wholesale services. Kelly has more than 25 years of experience in
the telecommunications industry, including expertise in wholesale, enterprise
and mobile solutions. In his new role as Mitel director of sales, Kelly and
his team have a mandate to drive MiCloud sales worldwide.
"Mitel has an extremely strong value proposition that offers a simple but
sophisticated path to the cloud," said Mr. Kelly. "Our single software stream
is ideal for service providers looking to enter the cloud services market, and
for organizations simply looking to leverage the benefits of cloud
communications for their business operations. I'm excited to be able to share
that story with partners and customers globally."
Mitel has steadily expanded its sales leadership over the past six months as
it aggressively positions for revenue and market share growth. Joe Vitalone,
executive vice president of sales for the Americas, joined Mitel from ShoreTel
last spring, and has since continued to build his senior sales team with the
addition of Tim Gaines, also from ShoreTel, who is now Mitel's vice president
of sales for the U.S. and CALA and Sandra Hill from LifeSize, who is now
Mitel's vice president of channel management and distribution for the U.S. and
CALA. Kelly and his MiCloud sales team are integrated with the Mitel sales
team with a focus on accelerating Mitel's cloud footprint.
Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) is a global provider of unified communications
and collaboration (UCC) software, solutions and services that enable
organizations to conduct business anywhere, over any medium with the device of
their choice. Through a single cloud-ready software stream, Mitel's Freedom
architecture provides customers in over 100 countries the flexibility and
simplicity needed to support today's dynamic work environment. For more
information visit www.mitel.com.
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