New Hires Signals Aastra Aggressive IP Telephony Growth

Aastra has appointed Paul Johnson as Sales Director for UK & Ireland to lead the further expansion of its business into the IP telephony market. Meanwhile, Dave Clark has been hired as Account Director with responsibility for partnerships with leading systems integrators and for sales of Aastra’s Contact Management (CMG) portfolio.

Paul Johnson has had a long and industrious career in the telecoms industry spanning sales, marketing, commercial and professional managed services. He joined Aastra from Ericsson’s Enterprise Communications Division where he was a key member of the Enterprise Management Team. Prior to this, he was Sales Director for Damovo UK.

Paul comments: “The UK & Ireland is a very dynamic market and there are significant opportunities as more and more organisations look to benefit from converged technologies. Aastra has been driving developments in integrated mobility and unified communications, based on open standards, for many years. I’m really excited to be working for such an innovative, forward looking company.”

Dave Clark is a specialist in voice managed services and converged networks and has over two decades of telecoms industry experience. Prior to joining Aastra, Dave was an Account Director for key accounts at Avaya UK, with responsibility for direct and indirect channels across all sectors. Before this, he was an Account Director within Ericsson’s Enterprise Communication Division.

“My chief goal is to drive additional sales from existing partners and develop new and profitable relationships with others,” said Dave. “I’m excited to be working at a company which is as dynamic as Aastra and which continues to grow its business so successfully.”

Michael Calvert, Aastra’s General Manager for UK & Ireland, comments: “We’re investing heavily in our sales team as we believe there’s strong growth potential in the UK & Ireland. Businesses may be a little cautious given the credit crunch, but converged communications is one area where companies can save money and significantly improve efficiencies. I’m delighted to welcome both Paul and Dave to the team to help us move the business forward.”