Unify Names Dean Douglas as CEO
Westcon President and CEO to Lead the Enterprise Communications Innovator
Hamid Akhavan to Join the Unify Board
MUNICH and RESTON, Va., Dec. 4, 2013
MUNICH and RESTON, Va., Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Unify, formerly Siemens
Enterprise Communications, today announced the appointment of Dean Douglas as
Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He succeeds Hamid Akhavan who joined as CEO
from Deutsche Telekom in February 2010.
Douglas, who currently serves as President and CEO of enterprise technology
distributor Westcon Group Inc., was previously CEO of LCC International and
has also held a number of executive roles at both IBM and Motorola. He will
take up his appointment on Jan. 16, 2014, at which point Akhavan will join the
Executive Board, where he will continue to support the Unify business.
Mark Stone, Chairman of the Executive Board commented: "I am very happy that
after many months of searching, we have found the ideal successor and leader
in Dean. He brings deep understanding of the enterprise technology industry
and intensive experience of successful sales channel and partnership
development in a variety of international roles, which will be essential as we
continue the transformation of Unify into the most capable supplier in the
industry. Dean has an impressive track record of creating growth both
organically and via successful acquisitions."
Commenting on his appointment, Douglas said: "I am very excited about joining
Unify. The company has a long and distinguished heritage, and yet has an
agenda to reinvent itself and the industry. Cloud-based delivery opens up
entirely new consumption, commercial and distribution models and I see Unify
as perfectly positioned to innovate new ways for enterprise users to access
the best collaboration tools. I look forward to working with Hamid as I
transition into the role. We will continue to open the eyes of the industry
to what is possible, and then deliver- creating new value for our customers,
partners, shareholders and our people."
Stone added: "I am grateful for Hamid's championship of Unify's transformation
into a leadership position in the industry during the past four years. He has
led a transformation that has streamlined the Unify business, modernized its
portfolio and reinvented its market approach culminating in Project Ansible
and the launch of the exciting Unify brand this year. I am delighted that he
will be joining the Board and continue his support of the business."
Akhavan commented: "I am truly proud of what we have achieved so far. We
have worked hard on improving our cost structures while raising our customer
satisfaction to the highest levels and developing our product portfolio to the
most exciting in the industry. This has been a very demanding task but the
great people within Unify have risen to the challenges time and again. I'm
very happy to support Dean as we embark on this next stage in Unify's journey
under his leadership."
Unify--formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications--is a premier
communications software and services firm. Our solutions unify multiple
networks, devices and applications into one easy-to-use platform that allows
teams to engage in rich and meaningful conversations. The result is a
transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that
amplifies collective effort, energizes the business, and enhances business
performance. Born out of the engineering DNA of Siemens AG, Unify builds on
this heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security
to provide integrated communications solutions for approximately 75% of the
Global 500. Unify is a joint venture of The Gores Group and Siemens AG.
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introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or
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