Plantronics has today announced the appointment of Paul Clark as Vice President and Managing Director of its Europe and Africa business. Previously, Mr. Clark led the Plantronics business in Northern and Eastern Europe, Russia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He succeeds Philip Vanhoutte, who will be leaving Plantronics April 1 after 12 years of service.
“Paul has deep knowledge of our business, customers and partners and his strengths in global collaboration position him well to help take our company to the next level,” said Ken Kannappan, President and CEO, Plantronics. “He is the ideal choice to build upon the excellent work performed by Philip and to assume leadership of Plantronics in Europe and Africa.”
“Plantronics has brought many innovations to the market over the years, and has an enviable reputation as a high integrity organization that is focused on delivering value for our partners and end users,” said Mr. Clark. “With the inexorable rise of professional and personal communications, where we are increasingly finding ourselves time-poor, it is exciting to lead a business committed to helping people improve their connected lives.”
Mr. Clark joined Plantronics in 1994, and was promoted to EMEA Marketing Director. During his tenure in the position, Mr. Clark championed Plantronics growth across EMEA, launching the industry’s first international reseller program and spearheading the Plantronics consumer business across the region. Mr. Clark was also instrumental in launching the Plantronics Connect Partner Program in the Russian and Eastern European markets. In addition, he has held a number of executive positions in sales, product management and marketing across the consumer, SMB and enterprise segments.
Mr. Clark holds a first class honors degree in Electronic Engineering and a business administration degree from Durham University. In addition, he studied Strategic Marketing Management at Harvard Business School.