Intermedia Poaches Polycom Chief Marketing Whizz

Intermedia has appointed Jim Kruger as its new Chief Marketing Officer, effective May 15, 2017. Kruger comes to Intermedia from Polycom Inc., a leader in Unified Communications and Collaboration, where he most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, overseeing all facets of global marketing.

“Jim’s experience is perfectly aligned with our approach. He is a smart, analytical, creative, and impactful leader with experience marketing to, and through, the channel. He has an extremely successful track record with both large enterprises and SMBs, across a wide range of vertical industries. In addition, he has scaled a Unified Communications business and, like Intermedia, works closely with Microsoft as a preferred Office 365® partner. Jim’s broad and extensive knowledge will be a tremendous asset to the company and instrumental in continuously driving our brand and presence in the industry,” said Michael Gold, CEO at Intermedia.

Kruger has spent the past 16 years with Polycom, where he has held various product and marketing leadership roles.

Prior to Polycom, Jim directed marketing and product management for Palm’s wireless internet service and served in several senior marketing roles at GTE (Verizon) Wireless. Kruger earned an MBA in Marketing from California State University East Bay and a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from University of California, Berkeley.

“I am really excited to join Mike and an incredibly impressive Intermedia team. At Polycom, we partnered with Intermedia, so I have had a front row seat to see how they run the business, and how much customers and partners love working with them. Intermedia has built a thriving, differentiated cloud business with a robust and compelling product suite, an award-winning support organisation, and a stellar reputation in the channel. With the support of Madison Dearborn Partners, the company’s existing growth mindset, and the huge opportunity the cloud presents, Intermedia is positioned extremely well to accelerate its growth and profit trajectory. I believe strongly in the vision and the opportunity ahead, and I look forward to being part of this journey,” said Kruger.

“Intermedia’s Cloud Voice business is growing faster than leading pure-play public companies. Already a leading Cloud Voice provider, Intermedia is investing heavily in this aspect of the business. With Jim’s Unified Communications experience with both voice and Office 365, we are well positioned to continue scaling these critical areas of the business,” concluded Gold.

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David Dungay

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