Hyderabad, February 24, 2015 – Video and voice conferencing leader Polycom, Inc. has announced the appointment of Shirish Joshi as Asia Pacific Channel Sales Director.
He will be responsible for executing channel programmes across the region, driving business for Polycom partners, and strengthening go-to-market and distribution strategy.
Joshi joins Polycom from Citrix Systems where he was the Channels and Alliances Director for the ASEAN region. In this role, he held responsibility for building and managing the partner ecosystem for several business areas such as enterprise mobility, cloud services, and desktop & application virtualisation. With extensive channels experience in the industry, both in Asia and the United States, Joshi has previously held various leadership roles for Cisco Systems from 1996 – 2011, where he managed regional channel sales teams that met annual targets in excess of $700 million across the region.
Says Geoff Thomas, President, Polycom Asia Pacific: “As a company at the forefront of technology innovation, building a world-class channel is a key priority for Polycom. “With his many years of managing partner relationships and significant experience in developing business plans and strategy, I am delighted that Shirish has joined us to to accelerate our channel initatives in APAC.”Adds Joshi: “Strong partnerships are a pillar of every channel-led business, and we will bring renewed focus to enabling our partners to develop new opportunities through competitive differentiation."
Originally from India and resident in Singapore since 2005, Joshi holds an MBA in Management Studies from the University of Mumbai and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Walchand College of Engineering.