As Sales Leader, Ruggiero's 25 Years of Industry Experience to Drive Further Market Growth for Polycom Video Collaboration Solutions
PLEASANTON, Calif. - Oct 24, 2011 : Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC), today announced the appointment of David Ruggiero to Theater President, North America. Reporting to Tracey Newell, EVP of Global Sales, Ruggiero is responsible for leading sales strategy and execution for the North America theater, Polycom's largest geographic region by revenue.
Ruggiero brings to Polycom nearly 25 years of professional sales, operations, finance, and management experience in enterprise, commercial, small business, government, and service provider segments. He has held executive sales leadership positions for major IT, software, and telecommunications companies, and has deep experience in direct and partner/channel sales, in the U.S. and internationally.
Most recently, Ruggiero was Area Vice President for Cisco, responsible for the sales and partner relationship with AT&T. In this role, Ruggiero led a direct team of over 300 people and an extended support team of over 500. Before that, Ruggiero ran sales for Cisco's fast-growing Commercial South Area region. Prior to Cisco, Ruggiero spent several years at Avaya running sales (including sales operations) in the Western U.S., as well as EMEA, and also held sales leadership positions at Qwest and AT&T.
"David has a stellar record in sales leadership and execution, and he delivers big results," said Newell. "I've worked with David before, and I'm delighted to have him now join Polycom in this strategic role. I know that David will hit the ground running in our North American theater – he's a master at working with customers and the channel to drive both sales and customer satisfaction."
"I'm thrilled to join Polycom, a company on the move with a world-class executive team, and a compelling strategy and vision to grow the market and make video collaboration ubiquitous," said Ruggiero. "Video collaboration has become mission-critical in business, both within the traditional office setting and increasingly via mobile devices such as tablets. I'm very excited to charge into a role with so much opportunity for customers, partners, and Polycom."
David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Hamilton College. He also attended an overseas program with Syracuse University in Florence, Italy.