Polycom appoints Mary McDowell as CEO
WORLD: Mary McDowell, who serves as an executive partner at Siris Capital, will replace Peter Leav as CEO of Polycom. This follows the news that Polycom recently agreed to be acquired by Siris and will come into effect when the acquisition is completed.
Ms McDowell brings experience in leading global multi-billion dollar mobile and consumer businesses to the role. Prior to joining Siris, she served as EVP, mobile phones at Nokia following stints leading the company’s enterprise solutions and as chief development officer. Ms McDowell has also occupied senior positions at Compaq Computer and Hewlett Packard, and is currently on the boards of Autodesk, Inc, Bazaarvoice and UBM plc.
‘I’m looking forward to working closely with the Polycom team to build on the history of innovation and strong track record of creating best-in-class products and services that meet the needs of more than 400,000 companies, institutions and channel partners, as well as deepening partnerships to enable the evolving Unified Communications ecosystem,’ enthused Ms McDowell. ‘Polycom is a powerful global brand and is strongly positioned to help organisations of all sizes raise the bar on collaboration to drive higher levels of productivity and deepen employee engagement.’
‘Mary has a unique combination of technology and management experience leading multi-billion dollar consumer and enterprise technology businesses in mobile, telecom, and enterprise sectors that make her a great fit for this role,’ explained Frank Baker, co-founder and managing partner of Siris Capital. ‘Her track record in architecting winning volume product portfolios is exceptional and will be an excellent fit with leading the Polycom team.’
‘Leading the Polycom team has been a phenomenal experience and Mary is a terrific choice to lead the company after the acquisition closes,’ added Mr Leav, who opted to leave Polycom to pursue other ventures. ‘Polycom is on a great track to continue its success as a private entity.’