Pleasanton Weekly

- October 28, 2011

Polycom names Ruggiero as its new president for North America

Former sales executive has 25 years' experience in industry

Pleasanton-based Polycom, Inc. a recognized leader in standards-based unified communications, has announced the appointment of David Ruggiero to Theater President, North America.

Reporting to Tracey Newell, executive vice president of global sales, Ruggiero will be 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 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 more than 500.

Before that, Ruggiero ran sales for Cisco's fast-growing Commercial South Area region. Prior to Cisco, he 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.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Government from Hamilton

College.

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