Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) today announced that Michael Frendo is joining the company as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Engineering, effective Tuesday, May 13, 2014. In this role, Frendo will be responsible for global engineering delivery and execution, driving efficient business operations, and lifecycle management for Polycom’s portfolio of video, voice and content collaboration solutions. Frendo will assume responsibility from A.E. Natarajan, who will be leaving Polycom. Natarajan will work closely with Frendo to ensure a smooth transition. Frendo will be a member of Polycom’s executive team and will report to President and CEO Peter Leav.
“Making our customers successful and driving profitable growth are our top priorities and Michael brings a deep understanding of how engineering, quality and innovation must be aligned to solve our customers’ biggest challenges. He is also a well-respected executive and engineering leader with broad experience running product business units and globally distributed engineering organizations that deliver results,” said Leav. “We thank A.E. for his contributions to Polycom and wish him the best in the next chapter of his career.”
“I look forward to leading the global engineering team and working closely with Peter and the executive team as we focus on providing an outstanding user experience, developing industry leading and customer focused innovations, and delivering a high quality, world class collaboration portfolio,” said Frendo.
Prior to joining Polycom, Frendo was the Senior Vice President of Architecture at Infinera Corp., where he led the architecture team responsible for all aspects of Infinera’s systems and optical architecture. Frendo has had extensive experience leading global product organizations. At Avaya, he was General Manager of the Unified Communications Solutions Business Unit, where he was responsible for integrating Nortel’s Enterprise Solutions Business into Avaya’s portfolio of solutions. He also held various executive, global engineering and general management leadership roles at Juniper Networks, McDATA Corp. and Cisco Systems, where he was Vice President for Systems and Software Engineering in the company’s Voice Technology Group.
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