SUNNYVALE, CA, March 1, 2006 - ShoreTel, Inc., the fastest growing IP PBX company worldwide and the leader in customer satisfaction, today announced that it has strengthened its global operations, naming Geoffrey Gudgion as Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa. A senior international executive with more than 20 years of experience, Gudgion has extensive hands-on experience with the European telecoms equipment sector, achieved through positions in sales and marketing, business development and general management with Nortel Networks and Lucent/Avaya. He reports to John W. Combs, president and CEO of ShoreTel.
"Geoff brings a wealth of experience from his time at both Nortel and Lucent/Avaya. He has a broad international background from those days and has more recently been working for earlier stage companies," said Combs. "Geoff has designed and delivered successful key account sales and marketing programs for major corporate accounts, and developed effective channel strategies across Europe. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have found a candidate with such a breadth of experience in European markets that is directly relevant to ShoreTel. In addition, Geoff's heavy emphasis on service quality and technical support is a perfect fit with ShoreTel's focus."
Gudgion's recent experience includes serving as CEO, then Chairman, of Quantiv Ltd., an early stage, enterprise software company. He was previously COO for the UK & Ireland operations of Lucent/Avaya, and European Sales Director for the enterprise division of Octel after its acquisition by Lucent. He also spent seven years at Nortel Networks, with roles that included EMEA Marketing Director for their PBX division and then Director, Global Accounts for both Europe and Asia/Pacific. In this role he developed multi-national corporate accounts in partnership with in-country channels, using a successful focus on service quality and technical support rather than price. Gudgion graduated from Dartmouth Naval College and earned an MA from Cambridge University.
"ShoreTel's growth in the US is outstanding due to its focus on customer satisfaction and differentiated technology which puts us way ahead of the competition," said Gudgion. "The potential in Europe is huge, and I look forward to making ShoreTel's success in this region match that in America."
Gudgion replaces John Jarvis, who has been Managing Director of EMEA for the last year. Jarvis remains with ShoreTel in a business development role.
About ShoreTel, Inc.
ShoreTel is the fastest growing IP PBX company worldwide and the leader in customer satisfaction. The company has shipped its groundbreaking solutions since 1998 and continues to outpace the rapidly expanding VoIP market with technological advances and sales that are doubling year over year. ShoreTel voice systems are designed to make businesses smarter, setting new standards for usability and manageability while reducing telecommunications costs. A uniquely distributed architecture extends enterprise-class voice services to every office and outpost, keeping employees fully connected wherever they go. A select, worldwide group of channel partners provide top-notch service and support. For more information, visit http://www.shoretel.com/ or call 1-877-80SHORE