Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) today announced that it has appointed Gary Daichendt to the Polycom Board of Directors effective August 5, 2015. Daichendt’s expansive career as a senior officer of leading organizations provides him broad expertise in senior management, strategy and operational excellence, as well as an extensive understanding of the global IT industry.
Daichendt served as Executive Vice President Worldwide Operations at Cisco, where he was responsible for global sales, support, distribution, manufacturing and strategic alliances. He spent eight years at Wang Laboratories, serving as its Vice President of Central Operations and Vice President of Marketing. He was also President and Chief Operating Officer at Nortel Networks and spent 10 years in various sales, marketing and management positions at IBM.
“I am delighted to welcome Gary Daichendt to the Polycom Board of Directors,” said Kevin Parker, Chairman of the Board, Polycom. “Gary brings significant business strategy, customer focus and technology expertise through his previous senior executive roles at large global companies, which aligns perfectly to Polycom’s market opportunity and focus on driving profitable growth. Gary will be a great addition to the board, and we look forward to working closely with him.”
The Polycom Board now has eight members.
Daichendt also has extensive experience in public company corporate governance. Currently, he serves on the boards of NCR Corporation and Juniper Networks, Inc. Previously, he served on the boards of ShoreTel, Inc. and Emulex Corporation.
“I am excited to join Polycom at such an interesting and compelling time for the unified communications and collaboration industry,” said Gary Daichendt. “I am looking forward to partnering with the other members of the board and working with Peter Leav and the leadership team to help Polycom accelerate its business.”