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April 01, 2009

HD Conferencing Solutions Provider ClearOne (Re-)Hires Joe Sorrentino as EVP of Worldwide Sales

By Patrick Barnard, Senior Web Editor, TMCnet

Joe Sorrentino, formerly senior vice president at Spire Global, Sony Video Conferencing’s U.S. sales and marketing arm, has re-joined HD Conferencing solutions provider ClearOne as executive vice president of worldwide sales.

The move marks Sorrentino’s return to the company: Before joining Spire, he held the position of vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at ClearOne (News - Alert).

While at Spire Global, Sorrentino was responsible for building and managing the company’s U.S. sales team. He was also responsible for developing and executing Spire Global’s channel sales strategy and driving its market channel partner programs, as well as strategic partnerships.

A 25-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Sorrentino also previously served as vice president of sales for Polycom's (News - Alert) voice communications division, where he was responsible for building Polycom's voice sales team, launching new products in the IP and installed conferencing space, as well as growing the company’s market share in the tabletop conferencing business. He has also held positions with IBM, Motorola (News - Alert), Conner/Seagate, Adaptec and 3ware.

In his previous role with ClearOne, Sorrentino was responsible for all sales and marketing operations worldwide. Not only did he assemble a world-class sales team and build programs that boosted revenue quarter-over-quarter, he was the driving force behind the sales and marketing strategy of ClearOne's MAXAttach product, which within two years catapulted the company to become the second largest provider of tabletop conferencing solutions worldwide.
In his “new” role, Sorrentino will report directly to Zee Hakimoglu, ClearOne's president, chief executive and chairman.

“Joe’s return to ClearOne could not come at a more strategic time with the recent releases of our new products,” Hakimoglu said in a release. “His strong sales background and prior successes, coupled with his high energy and disciplined approach to selling is exactly what we need in this current economic environment.”
Hakimoglu said during Sorrentino’s prior tenure with ClearOne, the company experienced double digit revenue growth. He is credited with increasing market penetration, market growth and market share in all of the company’s product lines.

Sorrentino holds a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University.
HD conferencing solutions provider ClearOne made news on TMCnet earlier this month when it introduced the CHAT 70, a portable speakerphone which is compatible with Microsoft (News - Alert) Office Communicator. Not to be confused with the CHAT 170, which the company introduced earlier this year. The CHAT 70 is a personal speakerphone connects via USB to laptops or PCs for hands-free audio communication.

ClearOne also recently announced availability of the Converge SR 1212A digital signal processing mixer. Designed for sound reinforcement applications (i.e. distributing high quality sound throughout a room or facility), the mixer sports a four channel power amplifier which interfaces with 8 ohm or 70v/100v loudspeaker systems. It is designed for use in courtrooms, council chambers, corporate and AV presentation rooms, and is useful for room combining, training/lectures, high quality paging and voice masking applications.

Patrick Barnard is a contributing writer for TMCnet. To read more of Patrick’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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