January 9, 2017, San Jose, CA – Polycom, Inc., a global leader in helping organizations achieve new levels of teamwork, efficiency and productivity by unleashing the power of human collaboration, is pleased to announce that Billie Hartless has been named Chief Human Resources Officer. Hartless will succeed the company’s former HR leader Laura Owen, who is leaving Polycom to pursue a new opportunity.
Hartless is a global HR executive with nearly 25 years of experience working in all aspects of HR at Nokia. Most recently, she served as the Vice President of HR for HERE, an innovative leader in location-based cloud technology.
“I’m thrilled to have Billie join our executive team to lead our global HR function,” said CEO Mary McDowell. “She has a strong track record of leading diverse teams, organizational change, cultural transformation, and defining effective strategies to realize business results.”
As the newest member of the executive team, Hartless joins McDowell, who joined Polycom in September 2016, and CFO Laura Durr, who has been with Polycom since 2004 and served as CFO since 2014, to add to the strong line-up of women executives at the Bay Area-based company. With 27 percent of its executives being women, Polycom surpasses both the national and technology industry average of just 19 percent, according to the 2016 Women in the Workplace report from Leanin.org.
“I am excited about joining Polycom because their brand promise of ‘defying distance’ resonates with me after spending so much time on airplanes and in airports throughout my career,” said Hartless. “Polycom is revolutionizing the way work gets done and how distributed teams can truly connect with superior voice and video technology that enriches the experience and allows the ‘human element’ to come through. I look forward to working with the Polycom team to usher in a new era for Polycom as a private company.”
Hartless will leverage Polycom’s high quality solutions to connect, share and collaborate with teams around the world.
About Polycom, Inc.
Polycom helps organizations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection. Visit www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn more.
In September 2016 Polycom announced the completion of its acquisition by affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC (“Siris” or “Siris Capital”) in a transaction reflecting an equity value of approximately $2.0 billion in cash. In connection with the closing of the transaction, the company, which continues to operate as Polycom, Inc., is wholly owned by affiliates of Siris Capital.
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