It’s been a busy month for professional headset provider and GN subsidiary Jabra.
Today, the company announced the expansion of its New Zealand operations, with the appointment of Chris Clark as Business Development Manager, New Zealand.
Clark, who is based in Auckland, will be responsible for growing the company’s market presence in New Zealand. Clark brings 10 years of experience in unified communications (UC) and telecommunications to his new role, with time previously spent at Cyclone Computer, Spark New Zealand, CommArc and VoicePro.
Clark’s main responsibility will be to manage and grow Jabra’s channel partner community.
“I have a huge passion for the industry and for building lasting relationships with channel partners to support our end-customers,” Clark stated. “With extensive experience in UC/ telecommunications in New Zealand, I am looking forward to engaging with businesses here on behalf of Jabra.”
Jabra A/NZ managing director David Piggott said, “We see the New Zealand market as a great growth opportunity for Jabra and Clark brings a wealth of experience in contact centers and Unified Communication solutions.
“We now have Chris in Auckland, and Brent Mitchell in Wellington giving us great national coverage. Jabra is the only headset vendor that is directly invested in the New Zealand market and we will continue to invest in our partner community to help them generate and close business. We’re extremely dedicated to supporting and growing our New Zealand channel partner community.”
Jabra has also named Kelly Nagel, formerly Vice President of Distribution, as President and GM for Jabra North America. This promotion, effective July 1, serves as a reflection of Kelly’s leadership in aggressively driving sales and channel growth in the North American market.
As President and GM for Jabra in North America, Kelly will continue to drive the company’s demonstrated growth strategies. Kelly is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of IT Channel market experience. She joined Jabra in 2016 from OKI Data and Ingram Micro where she held several senior leadership positions, developed strong insights to channel structures and strategies in the U.S. and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue. Throughout her career she has maintained a successful track record of tackling new challenges, including co-launching the Jabra Women’s Network earlier this year.
Most Recently, Kelly served as Vice President of Distribution for Jabra, where she helped strengthen the distributor and channel partner ecosystem. As a member of the NA leadership team, she delivered a formidable contribution to the success of Jabra’s overarching business strategy.
“Our market strategy has proven to be extraordinarily successful across the last few years, launching Jabra to the title of leading supplier of Unified Communications Headsets worldwide. The appointment of Kelly Nagel to this top leadership position will continue our ambitious expansion in this space,” said René Svendsen-Tune, CEO of Jabra.
Jabra’s previous President of Business Solutions, Paul Hamnett, is relocating back to his native U.K. with his family and will voluntarily vacate his post after a very successful tenure, the company said. His strong leadership and unparalleled business acumen were mission critical to Jabra’s achievement of double-digit growth in a very competitive industry. Paul will remain in the European GN group.
On June 14 at 10 a.m. CST, Jabra will host an educational webinar to teach partners operating in the UC space about its Engage series of wireless professional headsets. The Engage series offers many exciting features including a range of up to 490 feet, advanced noise-cancellation technology, enhanced speakers and Skype for Business Open Office certification. In the Jabra webinar, partners will learn how the Engage series solves everyday business issues, and how to use headsets to generate recurring revenue streams.