SOURCE: Plantronics, Inc.

December 01, 2008 11:00 ET

Mike Perkins Joins Plantronics as Vice President of Product Development and Technology

23-Year HP Veteran Brings Proven Leadership in Hardware and Software Solution Development

SANTA CRUZ, CA--(Marketwire - December 1, 2008) - Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) today announced that Mike Perkins has joined the company as vice president of Product Development and Technology, responsible for leading the company's global product development and engineering teams and programs.

"Mike will play an instrumental role in bringing innovation to Plantronics' product portfolio and aligning it with key growth opportunities, including Unified Communications in the enterprise and mobile and audio convergence for consumers," said Ken Kannappan, president and CEO of Plantronics. "His expertise in developing differentiated solutions that integrate hardware and software will be most valuable as the role of digital audio expands for all audiences."

Mr. Perkins spent 23 years at HP. He was most recently the general manager and vice president of HP's Voodoo Business Unit, a luxury brand including Envy notebooks and Omen desktops, and the Blackbird family of PC gaming products. In this role, Mr. Perkins managed a global team and had end-to-end responsibility for product development, manufacturing, marcom, sales, and support. Prior to this position, Mr. Perkins was the vice president of Research and Development for HP's Global Consumer PC Business Unit, responsible for all development of the HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario consumer desktop PCs, including the HP Touchsmart. Mr. Perkins held several other research and development titles at HP and managed the "integration office" that coordinated the HP-Compaq merger cost savings activities for the combined PC-client business.

Mr. Perkins also spent three years as senior vice president of Research and Development at LeapFrog Enterprises, an educational electronic toy company known for developing innovative consumer products. At LeapFrog, Mr. Perkins was responsible for leading global software and hardware teams towards developing, in parallel, a wide variety and large number of products across multiple price points and target audiences.

"Mike's rich background of consumer and business product innovation combined with his skill in navigating competitive time-to-market and cost pressures matches well to our business needs," added Kannappan.

Mr. Perkins holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Mechanics and Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

About Plantronics

In 1969, a Plantronics headset carried the historic first words from the moon: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Since then, Plantronics has become the headset of choice for mission-critical applications such as air traffic control, 911 dispatch and the New York Stock Exchange. Today, this history of innovation is the basis for every audio product we build for the office, contact center, personal mobile, entertainment and residential markets. The Plantronics family of brands includes Plantronics, Altec Lansing and Clarity. For more information, go to or call (800) 544-4660.

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