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Polycom, Inc.

Polycom, Inc.

February 22, 2012 08:31 ET

Polycom's Ron Myers Recognized as One of CRN's 2012 Channel Chiefs

SVP of Global Channels Myers Recognized for Channel Advocacy and Commitment to Helping Partners Extend and Grow Their Business Into New Video Collaboration Markets Across Any Environment

PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 22, 2012) - Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC), today announced Ron Myers, senior vice president, Global Channels, Polycom, has been named one of CRN's 2012 Channel Chiefs. This prestigious list of the most influential and powerful leaders in the IT channel recognizes those executives directly responsible for driving channel sales and growth within their organization, while evangelizing and defending the importance of the channel throughout the entire IT Industry.

Myers was recognized for his commitment to the channel community and his strategic leadership. Previously, he was named a 2010 Channel Chief while Polycom's Choice Partner Program was awarded a 5-Star Partner rating two years in a row (2010 and 2011). Myers manages Polycom's worldwide framework of 6500 go-to-market channel partners which helped drive a majority of Polycom's revenues in 2011.In addition to the channel, Polycom also works with strategic alliance partners -- some of the top innovation leaders in unified communications -- to deliver integrated, standards-based solutions that provide customers with the most complete, end-to-end UC solutions while helping channel partners increase revenue and expand margins.

"It's an honor to be recognized for the strong channel program we have at Polycom," said Myers. "We have a world-class team, a compelling vision to make video collaboration ubiquitous, and a solid strategy to grow the market, and we're executing with speed and precision. As shown by our 23 percent year-over-year revenue increase in 2011, Polycom has had a steep growth path, and our channel partners are a huge part of our success. They're helping to drive the network effect for Polycom® RealPresence video collaboration solutions across any combination of environment, device, and location including the home office, work office, conference room, a mobile device, or immersive theater."

Myers is responsible for program and policy development, partner models, go-to-market strategies, and other initiatives to support Polycom's channel partners. He was responsible for re-launching the enhanced Polycom Choice Partner Program that offers channel partners customized benefits while emphasizing skills development and specialization. Under Myer's leadership, Polycom launched the Preferred Partner Program and rolled out tools to support the channel community, such as the web-based Partner Locator (which allows end-users to target and locate the Polycom partner best suited to meet their business needs) and a revamped online portal (which provides centralized access to tools, training, and sales resources).

For the ninth consecutive year, Channel Chiefs were selected by the CRN editorial team based on channel experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue, and public support for the importance of IT channel sales.

"The 2012 Channel Chiefs list recognizes vendor executives dedicated to driving channel programs in the IT marketplace," said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, UBM Channel. "Our annual Channel Chiefs issue is a must-read for IT solution providers evaluating new vendors or looking to expand solution offerings. These are the people, the products, and the programs that any savvy solution provider needs to know. We congratulate this year's Channel Chiefs, including Ron Meyers from Polycom, for their stellar record of business innovation and applaud them for their continued dedication to the partner community."

Selected by CRN's editorial staff, the 2012 Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February issue of CRN Magazine and will be featured online at www.crn.com.

About Polycom
Polycom is the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC) solutions for telepresence, video, and voice powered by the Polycom RealPresence Platform. The RealPresence Platform interoperates with the broadest range of business, mobile, and social applications and devices. More than 400,000 organizations trust Polycom solutions to collaborate and meet face to face from any location for more productive and effective engagement with colleagues, partners, customers, specialists, and prospects. Polycom, together with its broad partner ecosystem, provides customers with the best TCO, scalability, and security for video collaboration, whether on-premises, hosted, or cloud delivered. Visit www.polycom.com or connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About UBM Channel
UBM Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. UBM Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about UBM Channel, visit us at www.ubmchannel.com.

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UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries is organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to www.ubm.com

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