Andrew Miller, who spent 11 years with Cisco Systems and was once CEO of Tandberg, is the new top executive at Polycom, another video conferencing vendor. Miller replaces Robert Hagerty.
Video conferencing equipment vendor Polycom has a new CEO:
former Cisco Systems and Tandberg executive Andrew Miller was named to the post
Miller replaces Robert Hagerty, who is resigning as CEO
and board chairman and is leaving his position on the board. Miller's
appointment is effective immediately, and Hagerty will stay around a while as
an adviser to help with the transition for both Miller and David DeWalt, who
will become chairman of the board.
Miller has been with Polycom since 2009, when he took over as
vice president of global field operations. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at
Cisco as a sales, marketing and services executive, and served as CEO
"As the leading independent company in the fast-growing
unified collaboration space, I believe Polycom is uniquely positioned to
capture this significant market opportunity," Miller said in a statement.
Polycom is in an interesting position as a stand-alone company
in a space that is seeing its share of consolidation. Logitech late in 2009 bought
for $405 million, and Cisco recently closed
its $3.4 billion acquisition of Tandberg.
Officials for these companies are expecting rapid growth as
businesses look for ways to pare expenses, and turn to video collaboration as a
way to cut travel costs and increase employee productivity.
In an interview in March, Chuck Stucki, vice president and
general manager of Cisco's TelePresence business, said in the five years since
his company introduced its TelePresence products business has grown to about
600 global customers. Stucki also said revenue could grow to about $1 billion
now that the Tandberg deal is complete, and the worldwide market could grow
from $3 billion in 2010 to $10 billion over the next five to seven years.