A blog by Paula Neame about our award-winning cloud collaboration tool, Circuit http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIZHC
Mission: We believe great business results are based on effective team collaboration, however, many of today’s tools are often disjointed and difficult to implement and use. That’s why we specialize in business communication and collaboration tools and services ...
A blog by Paula Neame about our award-winning cloud collaboration tool, Circuit http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIZHC
Unify is a global communications software and services company. Our new name reflects perfectly what we do: we unify our customers’ communications systems. By synchronizing technologies, creating an engaging user experience and weaving communications seamlessly into the way businesses operate, we empower an increasingly mobile workforce to work better together. The result is a transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that amplifies collective efforts, energizes the business and drives better performance.
Unify builds on a heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security to provide integrated communications and networking solutions for 75% of the Global 500. With the introduction of Project Ansible, Unify is leading the market with its vision of a dynamic communications and collaboration platform.
We have a new vision for unified communications and collaboration, embodied by Project Ansible. Want in? At Unify, we know that an organization is only as good as its people, which is why we expect the highest standards from our employees and reward teamwork, customer orientation and results.
We are also a truly worldwide organization, which means we are regularly developing new markets, establishing new business partners and employing talented individuals to work in the best locations.
The Unify management team consists of some of the industry’s most experienced executives, all of whom are focused on developing and delivering innovative products and services.
Dean Douglas – Chief Executive Officer
Dean Douglas is the CEO of Unify, a premier communications software and services firm. Douglas joined Unify in January 2014 bringing a wealth of experience in the telecommunications and channel space. He holds overall responsibility for Unify’s strategy, business direction and global execution.
Prior to joining Unify, Douglas served as President and CEO of Westcon Group. During his five years leading Westcon, Douglas drove the company’s global expansion and several successful acquisitions. He also oversaw Westcon’s successful moves into the data center, security and unified communications markets.
Trevor Connell – General Manager East and West Region
Trevor holds the position of General Manager for a combined East and West Region reporting to Dean Douglas, CEO of Unify and has full management responsibility for these countries (except Germany and Austria). He is a member of the Senior Executive Team at Unify and most recently was Managing Director Northern Cluster for Siemens Enterprise Communications, a position he held from April 2012 to April 2013.
Trevor is a highly experienced sales and commercial leader having joined Siemens in 1996 as a Commercial Manager and held a number of executive positions in the Company in roles such as; Vice President BA-Global Sales Commercial Sector, Senior Vice President BA-Global Sales, VP Sales Operations EMEA, VP Sales Operations EMEA & Asia Pacific and SVP Direct Sales EMEA & Asia Pacific.
Bill Hurley – Chief Marketing Officer
Bill Hurley is the Chief Marketing Officer at Unify. His remit spans the entire customer experience of the Unify brand, including shaping our software and service offerings, our sales approach, marketing message, commercial and consumption models and our information systems. Bill brings over 25 years experience in Marketing and Technology, having held a number of executive level positions.
His previous role was as Chief Technology Officer at Westcon, where he helped transform their go-to-market approach. He holds an MBA in Finance from Fordham University NY and a BSc in Computer Science from the State University of NY at Albany.
Martin Kinne – General Manager Central Europe and Executive Director
Martin Kinne is the General Manager of the Central Europe Region at Unify and as such is responsible for all business in this region. Additionally he is an Executive Director of Unify GmbH & Co. KG.
From 2007 to 2011, Martin Kinne was the Executive Director and Vice President of the Personal Systems Group (PSG) at HP Germany. Before working with HP, Martin Kinne spent over 18 years in various management positions at Siemens AG.
After completing a degree in Law, Martin Kinne began his career in 1988 as a Sales Executive at Computer Associates (CA) in Hamburg, Germany. Martin Kinne is a fully qualified lawyer and holds a Master of Science in Management (Sloan Fellow) from Stanford University, in the USA.
Norm Korey – Executive Vice President of Global Sales
Norm Korey is Executive Vice President of Global Sales and member of the Senior Executive Team. He leads the company’s worldwide direct sales organization and works closely with Regional Management to create successful, consistent global approaches to key account relationships. He also holds special responsibility for our Latin America operations. Norm brings to Unify, a wealth of internal sales and service leadership experience with global brands including IBM, AT&T and Motorola.
Prior to his appointment at Unify – he led an IBM Global Services initiative – readying the SmartCloud software-as-a-service offering for the enterprise marketplace and was responsible for international software and services businesses in the mobility and wireless sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University and completed an executive program at the American Graduate School of International Management.
Peter Kürpick - Executive Vice President Product House
Appointed in May 2014, Peter Kürpick leads Unify’s Product House organization and is a member of the Senior Executive Team. He is responsible for the Unify’s portfolio strategy, innovation and leads software development teams around the world.
Prior to joining Unify, Peter held leadership roles in product strategy, innovation and development for respected companies including SAP and Software AG and has been a trusted advisor on industry trends such as Big Data. He is a published author with over 100 Publications in Supercomputing, Physics, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences.
Peter holds a Ph.D in Theoretical Physics and a Master in Environmental Sciences from the University of Kassel as well as an INSEAD MBA. In 1994 he was awarded the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Award of the German Ministery of Research and Science for his Ph.D.
Dan Papes – Executive Vice President of Americas
Dan Papes is Executive Vice President of Global Sales of the Americas region at Unify and member of the Senior Executive Team. He leads a combined North and Latin America region and together with his management team is responsible for growing business in this strategically important territory.
He comes to Unify with more than 20 years of IT industry sales and services experience, including a long and successful career at IBM in the cloud, wireless services, telecommunications industry, and mobile enterprise services business units. Most recently, Papes served as SVP of Global Cloud and Data Center Services at the Westcon Group, a value-added distributor of unified communications, networking and security solutions and services.
Jon Pritchard – Executive Vice President Channels
Jon Pritchard is Executive Vice President Channels at Unify and member of the Senior Executive Team.
Prior to joining Unify, Jon was President of Comstor Worldwide with responsibility for global operations of Westcon's Cisco dedicated business practice. This included operational and strategic sales programs, marketing and business development initiatives, business segmentation planning and organizational development for a business with revenues of approximately $2.5 billion across 40 countries. He also retained direct day-to-day responsibility for Comstor’s European business.
Jon is a seasoned channel executive, having spent the last 25 years in the IT industry. He joined Comstor as sales director in 2003 where he established a track record of driving solid growth on both a Pan-European and global basis. He has also held a number of senior positions in the channel including that of Commercial Sales Director at Ingram Micro in the UK.
Jon holds a science degree from Liverpool.
André Schiffer – Chief Human Resources Officer
André Schiffer was named Chief Human Resources Officer of Unify in July 2012. He reports directly to the CEO.
Schiffer has held executive positions with various global players in the telecommunications industry. As Vice President Human Resources International at Deutsche Telekom, he was responsible for all HR processes in southeast Europe, in addition to supervising the Global Assignment Center.
At T-Mobile International AG, Schiffer led the HR Business Partner Team for the regions West and East Europe as the Senior Vice President, and was also responsible for the Top Management Support Center. At T-Mobile, he was a member of the Marketing Panel (as well as other such groups) and also a member of the Supervisory Board with responsibility for the markets in Austria, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.
Previously, Schiffer was the Executive Vice President of Intellectual Capital, responsible mainly for the change initiative in the One Company program, which integrated simultaneously five previously independent mobile operators in Europe.
For Siemens AG, Schiffer was responsible for the three areas of the Information and Communications field within the International Top Management. He previously served as HR manager for Europe and Asia-Pacific for Siemens Business Services GmbH. He began his Siemens career at Nixdorf Information Systems AG.
Schiffer studied political science, law and medieval culture at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, specializing in economics and international politics.
Steve Shanck – General Manager North America
Steve Shanck serves as general manager of Unify North America. As head of the key North American region, Shanck is responsible for all aspects of sales and customer opportunities in the region.
Shanck has a proven record of success across diverse technology and geographical markets. He has held senior leadership roles with Harris Corporation, EADS, Inc., General Dynamics Information Technology, and Motorola. More recently he was the principal of Trilogy Venture Group LLC, focused on the changing landscape of technology in the mobile applications space. His experience includes serving both enterprise and government markets in North America and globally.
Liliana Solomon – Chief Financial Officer
Liliana Solomon is the global Chief Financial Officer of Unify and member of the Senior Executive Team, a position held since May 1st 2014.
Liliana contributes a wealth of international experience and financial leadership – most recently as European CFO at Vodafone Group and previously as CEO of Vodafone’s operations in Romania. During her 20 year career she has held CFO roles and financial controlling roles at leading brands including Cable & Wireless, Deutsche Telekom and O.Tel.O Germany.
She holds a MBA from INSEAD and a PhD and MSc in Physics from the University of Cluj-Napoca.
At Unify, environmental responsibilities are core to our corporate culture and global business practices. Since 1993, we have developed products with low energy consumption in mind and, where possible, adopted sustainable, environmental friendly production practices.
Product-related environmental protection is not an end in itself. In many cases, it results in economic advantages in addition to environmental compatibility. However, for this to happen, the environmental aspects must be taken into consideration throughout the entire lifecycle of our products, from development through production, procurement, sales, services, use and recovery.
Unify is deeply committed to environmental care and protection, and through the use of creativity, technology and skills, is actively helping to set new standards in environmental sustainability. Our ideas, technologies and activities, through which we strive to ensure a sustainable existence, benefit people, society in general, and the environment. We have the responsibility to our future generations to safeguard and protect the environment.
On this basis Unify is developing solutions for tomorrow’s communication.
I have been working at Unify full-time (More than 10 years)
Involvement with ground breaking technologies and enterprise products.
Working with experts and professionals most importantly.
Good benefits in comparison to the rest of the Greek market.
Need to work with so many different managers without specific assignmemnts across all Unify in order to get things done.
Advice to Management
Look after your people and keep communication flowing even if is good or bad.
The interview process was very interesting. I had two phone interviews followed by an all-day face-to-face interview. I spoke to 4 different groups. I had to explain what I did in my previous company. I had to explain what I like about each group and how I think I could contribute to the success of the group.
Negotiation phase took about a few days.