Star2Star Communications has merged with Blueface, a pan-European unified communications as a service (UCaaS) provider.
The combined entity, dubbed “StarBlue,” is a top-five global provider for UC. With operations across the United States and Europe, the operating companies will retain their existing trading names in their respective markets, Star2Star in the United States and Blueface in EMEA, with a combined global workforce in excess of 500 people.
Sarasota, Florida will remain the North American headquarters while Dublin, Ireland will remain as the EMEA headquarters for Blueface.
“The merger of Blueface and Star2Star represents a game changing event in the UCaaS landscape as it combines the best of proprietary UCaaS technology with an expansive geographic distribution, capability and reach,” said Alan Foy, group CEO, Star2Star and Blueface (and pre-merger CEO at the latter). “This merger positions the combined Blueface/Star2Star company as one of the leading platform and service providers that can service businesses of all sizes, partners and wholesale customers globally.”
He continued, “For now, it is very much business as usual and there will be no change in branding or in the preservation of vital relationships with our partners and customers across our services in Star2Star and Blueface. In the not too distant future, we shall bring further enhanced innovation-led offerings across a full spectrum of products to our partners and customers and to the wider market which leverages the best of both companies’ capabilities and talent.”
Norman Worthington, executive chairman, Star2Star and Blueface (and Star2Star CEO pre-merger), added: “The merger of our two companies is a fine example of how two businesses with a similar entrepreneurial culture can work together to challenge the marketplace with an unrivaled full spectrum offering ranging from hybrid to hosted with an array of value added features and services. This merger of Star2Star and Blueface creates a combined company with the breadth of capability, reach and innovation to be a true global leader in the UC space.”
On the executive front, Nameer Kazzaz, CTO at Blueface and Star2Star CTO Sergey Galchenko will have group co-CTO roles for the merged company. Michelle Accardi, Star2Star’s president and chief revenue officer, will assume this role across the group, while John McGovern, CFO of Star2Star ,will assume the croup CFO role in the merged company. David Portnowitz, CMO of Star2Star, will likewise take on this role for the group.