October 08 2009
AUSTIN, TX, October 8, 2009 – LifeSize Communications, Inc., the global leader in high definition video communications, today announced that Joe Vitalone has been named Vice President of Sales for the Americas. Vitalone, an industry veteran, and former sales executive in leading telecommunications companies, brings over 25 years of sales and business development experience to LifeSize. Reporting to Adam Taylor, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Services, Vitalone will manage the North America, Canada, Central and Latin America regions.
“Joe joins our team at a very exciting time in the company’s history and in the industry,” said Craig Malloy, Founder and CEO, LifeSize Communications. “The demand for HD video communications and collaboration has never been greater. Joe brings the experience needed to immediately capitalize on this market opportunity to drive customer base expansion, revenues and competitive advantage. I’m happy to be working with Joe again, fulfilling the LifeSize vision to change the way people communicate.”
“Although we are very much a global company, the Americas make up almost 50% of our worldwide performance. Our rapid growth around the world demands that we continue to add key management talent to leverage the tremendous opportunity in front of us,” said Taylor. “We add approximately 800 new customers per quarter here at LifeSize. Coupled with the expansion of our product line, most recently the new LifeSize Passport, Joe’s background and industry experience will play an integral role in continuing to grow the Americas. He is a great fit for our company and our culture and I’m looking forward to working closely with him.”
Prior to joining LifeSize, Vitalone was a company Officer and Vice President North America Sales for ShoreTel where he tripled revenues in 4 years and managed the sales team through ShoreTel’s transition from being privately held to a publically held company. Vitalone began his sales career at Mitel, and then entered the video conferencing market in its early days as the sales leader for PictureTel, followed by ViaVideo Communications (which was subsequently acquired by Polycom). Vitalone was the Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Polycom in 2000, driving their marketshare to 75% of the audio speaker phone market and 56% of the worldwide video conferencing market, where Vitalone's team delivered over $225M in annual sales. Vitalone also served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at CoVi Technologies and held management positions at Siemens, AT&T Wireless, and Wire One Technologies. Joe holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY.
"I'm very excited to be joining the team at LifeSize – a world class organization that has proven it delivers what customers demand: the highest quality of experience in solutions that adapt to the customer environment,” said Joe Vitalone, Vice President Americas Sales, LifeSize Communications, Inc. “I’ve experienced first hand the transformation of this industry over the last 15 years. What LifeSize has done is remarkable. It’s an exciting time for LifeSize and I’m looking forward to supporting our customers and partners, while expanding the deployment of LifeSize solutions.”
LifeSize is a pioneer and world leader in high-definition video collaboration. Designed to make video conferencing truly universal, our full range of open standards-based systems offer enterprise-class, IT-friendly technologies that enable genuine human interaction over any distance. Founded in 2003 and acquired by Logitech in 2009, LifeSize, with its commitment to relentless innovation, continues to extend the highest-quality video conferencing capabilities to anyone, anywhere. For more information, visit http://www.lifesize.com.
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