Bose to drive strategic IT initiatives enabling next phase of Polycom growth
PLEASANTON, Calif. - Feb 22, 2011 : Polycom, Inc., a global leader in unified communications (UC), today announced the appointment of world-class information technology (IT) leader Ari Bose as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) with global responsibility for Polycom's IT organization and strategic transformation.
As part of his global IT responsibility, Bose will also oversee Polycom's internal global visual communications network, which is powered by the Polycom UC Intelligent Core™ infrastructure platform and supports nearly 100,000 video calls per month. His team will serve as a resource for customers on best practice UC network adoption and to Polycom's product development team, providing input for future breakthrough innovations.
Bose joins Polycom from UTStarcom, a global leader in IP-based networking and telecommunications solutions, where he served as senior vice president, CIO, and business transformation officer. At UTStarcom, Bose developed a global information strategy, re-engineered business processes and systems to drive the transformation of the company, and drove the integration process for several acquisitions.
"Ari joins Polycom at what we believe is an inflection point for our company and our industry," said Michael Kourey, Polycom executive vice president and chief financial officer. "Ari's leadership, technical competence, and proven track record in business transformation and efficiency make him the ideal CIO for Polycom at this exciting stage for our company."
"Polycom is an impressive company with a tremendous opportunity to capture the momentum of the fast-growing UC market. Polycom customer-premise and cloud-based UC solutions are renowned for quality, and the company's open, standards-based foundation gives IT leaders unrivalled flexibility, choice, and investment protection—critical to our customers as they build out their UC networks," said Ari Bose. "I am thrilled to join Polycom, to serve as an example of how businesses can be truly transformed by UC technologies, and am energized by our overall evolution into what I believe will be one of the most important network companies worldwide."
Prior to UTStarcom, Bose was vice president and CIO at 3Com, where he transformed IT into a business-partner-oriented organization across 3Com's business and geographic footprint. At 3Com, he led several acquisition integrations, as well as the IT integration process through a joint venture with Huawei. During his tenure, his group also was selected as the No. 1 IT organization of the year in technology by Information Week. In addition, Bose has held senior management roles at Apple, Nortel, and Quantum.
Bose has a master's degree in software engineering from the National University in San Diego and a bachelor's degree from Delhi University.