Mitel Expands in Asia-Pacific with Key Hires

Mitel has appointed new leadership in Asia, naming Henry Lu and Sean Foo as vice presidents.

The appointments signal Mitel’s advance into the region for mobile-first and cloud-enabled solutions.

“Focused on building relationships with carriers and channel partners, Henry Lu and Sean Foo strengthen Mitel’s value proposition in mainland China and Southeast Asia as we continue to expand our global footprint and make strides towards fulfilling the promise of our vision for the mobile enterprise,” said Bob Agnes, Mitel’s executive vice president and general manager, APAC.

Lu recently served as general manager of sales for JDS China. Prior to that, he held business development positions at Agilent and Tektronix. He will spearhead initiatives from Mitel’s office in Beijing.

Foo comes to Mitel with more than 20 years of telecom industry experience, primarily focused on unified communications and collaboration, specializing in solving complex customer challenges with advanced technology. Before joining Mitel, he led sales and business development efforts at Avaya and ShoreTel. He will drive Mitel’s growth in Southeast Asia from the company’s Singapore location.

“In Asia, there is a growing demand for technologies such as unified communications as a service, as well as mobile and cloud-based solutions,” said Foo. “Widespread adoption of smart devices is driving many organizations to leapfrog from traditional TDM solutions to fixed-mobile convergence. Mitel’s cloud portfolio and mobile innovations make it well positioned to serve this market.”

In addition to Mitel’s presence in Beijing, Singapore and other key cities in the region, the company continues to operate mobile technology Centers of Excellence in Shanghai and Bengaluru to support the development of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies. The Bengaluru facility also recently expanded its scope to include next-generation enterprise technologies.

“Mobile, LTE, cloud and NFV are all hot topics in the Chinese market—areas in which Mitel has unparalleled expertise, so the potential for Mitel in China is huge,” Lu said. “I am honored to join the company at such a pivotal moment and look forward to showcasing Asia as an innovator in the world of business communications.”