ShoreTel Names Peter Blackmore President and CEO

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ShoreTel has announced that its board of directors has named Peter Blackmore to serve as the company’s president and chief executive officer, effective today. Don Girskis, who served as interim CEO, will resume his position as senior vice president of worldwide sales.

Blackmore was most recently president, CEO and a member of the board of directors of UTStarcom, Inc., a provider of Internet protocol-based network solutions. There, he focused UTStarcom’s strategy to capitalise on opportunities in China and India. Before UTStarcom, Blackmore was executive vice president in charge of worldwide sales, marketing and technology at Unisys Corporation. Prior to Unisys, Blackmore worked at Hewlett-Packard where he served as executive vice president of the Customer Solutions Group and, before that, of the Enterprise Systems Group.

From 1991 until its acquisition by Hewlett-Packard in 2002, Blackmore served in several senior management positions at Compaq Computer Corporation reporting directly to the CEO, including senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing and then executive vice president for sales and service. Earlier Blackmore held senior field sales and channel management roles at Compaq in Europe and North America.

“Peter brings a wealth of hardware, software, services and channel expertise to ShoreTel,” said Gary Daichendt, chairman of the board at ShoreTel. “His track record of successfully scaling technology organisations worldwide makes him the right leader to accelerate ShoreTel’s growth.”

“ShoreTel has a solid reputation for industry-leading solutions and world-class customer satisfaction, and I am thrilled to be joining the company,” said Blackmore. “I look forward to working with the entire ShoreTel team to help the company continue to accelerate its growth and achieve its tremendous potential.”

Daichendt added, “On behalf of the board, I also want to thank Don Girskis for his leadership of ShoreTel during our search for a new CEO, during which time ShoreTel continued to execute effectively on its plan and deliver record revenues, beating industry growth rates. This is a strong foundation on which to build.”