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News : Unify Names Dean Douglas as CEO
MUNICH and RESTON, Va., Dec. 4, 2013 -- Unify, formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications, announces 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."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Unify—formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications—is a large communications software and services firms. 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 dramatically improves business performance. Born out of the engineering DNA of Siemens, Unify builds on this heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security to provide integrated communications solutions for 75% of the Global 500. Unify is a joint venture of the Gores Group and Siemens AG.
Published: Friday, December 6, 2013