RESTON, Va., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Unify, formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications, today announced that it has appointed Steve Shanck general manager of North America. As head of the key North American region, Shanck is responsible for all aspects of sales and customer opportunities in the region. " North America is a significant growth market for Unify, and we've made real progress in recent years with major customer wins and market share growth," said Dean Douglas, CEO of Unify. " Steve Shanck is a proven leader with excellent credentials in business development, direct and indirect sales, complex account acquisition, marketing and alliance development. I look forward to working closely with Steve as a member of my Senior Executive Team." Shanck has a proven record of success across diverse technology and geographical markets. He has held senior leadership roles with Harris Corporation, EADS, Inc., General Dynamics Information Technology, and Motorola. More recently he was the principal of Trilogy Venture Group LLC, focused on the changing landscape of technology in the mobile applications space. His experience includes serving both enterprise and government markets in North America and globally. "Unify has built a foundation for growth in North America and is poised to make significant gains in this key market," said Shanck, general manager, North America, for Unify. "Recent major customer deployments coupled with the company's exciting new brand and the enthusiasm around the upcoming Project Ansible launch make this a great time for Unify to take advantage of the growth opportunities in North America. I am excited at the opportunity to join Unify and look forward to further building our North America presence." About Unify Unify—formerly known as Siemens Enterprise Communications—is a premier communications software and services firm. Our solutions unify multiple networks, devices and applications into one easy-to-use platform that allows teams to engage in rich and meaningful conversations. The result is a transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that amplifies collective effort, energizes the business, and enhances business performance. Born out of the engineering DNA of Siemens AG, Unify builds on this heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security to provide integrated communications solutions for approximately 75% of the Global 500. Unify is a joint venture of The Gores Group and Siemens AG. This release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of Unify's management. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend," "plan," "should," and "project" are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here. Unify does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.