The Unify management team consists of some of the industry’s most experienced executives, all of whom are focused on developing and delivering innovative products and services.
Dean Douglas – Chief Executive Officer
Dean Douglas is the CEO of Unify, a premier communications software and services firm. Douglas joined Unify in January 2014 bringing a wealth of experience in the telecommunications and channel space. He holds overall responsibility for Unify’s strategy, business direction and global execution.
Prior to joining Unify, Douglas served as President and CEO of Westcon Group. During his five years leading Westcon, Douglas drove the company’s global expansion and several successful acquisitions. He also oversaw Westcon’s successful moves into the data center, security and unified communications markets.
Douglas previously served as CEO of LCC International, a technical services firm for the mobile industry. He also held global executive roles at both IBM and Motorola. He has served on the board of SpectraSite and served as the Vice Chairman of the Global Technology Distribution Council. During his career, he has been based in the US, Europe and Asia with responsibilities including sales, strategy, marketing, worldwide business development and corporate development. Douglas is a graduate of the University of Mississippi (B.B.A.).
Olaf Horsthemke – EVP of Human Resources
Olaf Horsthemke is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. He has nearly 20 years of experience in HR, most recently at Coriant, where he was responsible for leading the company's worldwide human resources organization and initiatives. Previously, Horsthemke held several positions at Nokia Siemens Networks, including Head of Human Resources, Europe, Head of Human Resources, West Europe and Head of Human Resources, Germany. Horsthemke began his career with Siemens, where he held various positions including software development for private and public communication networks. He also served in the Siemens Human Resources department, where he held a variety of positions including HR consultant, senior manager, and human resources business manager for the fixed line business division of Siemens Communications.
In addition to an Executive MBA obtained in 2000, Mr. Horsthemke holds a diploma in mathematics from the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster, Germany.
Bill Hurley – Chief Marketing Officer
Bill Hurley is the Chief Marketing Officer at Unify. His remit spans the entire customer experience of the Unify brand, including shaping our software and service offerings, our sales approach, marketing message, commercial and consumption models and our information systems. Bill brings over 25 years experience in Marketing and Technology, having held a number of executive level positions.
His previous role was as Chief Technology Officer at Westcon, where he helped transform their go-to-market approach. He holds an MBA in Finance from Fordham University NY and a BSc in Computer Science from the State University of NY at Albany.
Norm Korey – Executive Vice President of Global Sales
Norm Korey is Executive Vice President of Global Sales and member of the Senior Executive Team. He leads the company’s worldwide direct sales organization and works closely with Regional Management to create successful, consistent global approaches to key account relationships. He also holds special responsibility for our Latin America operations. Norm brings to Unify, a wealth of internal sales and service leadership experience with global brands including IBM, AT&T and Motorola.
Prior to his appointment at Unify – he led an IBM Global Services initiative – readying the SmartCloud software-as-a-service offering for the enterprise marketplace and was responsible for international software and services businesses in the mobility and wireless sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University and completed an executive program at the American Graduate School of International Management.
Patricia Y. Lee - General Counsel and Executive Vice President
Patricia Y. Lee is the General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Unify. Patricia brings 25 years of broad legal experience to Unify, including in the telecommunications industry. Patricia is responsible for managing Unify’s worldwide Legal function, including managing and overseeing general commercial, corporate governance, litigation, M&A transactions, intellectual property and software licensing.
Prior to joining Unify in 2009, Patricia held several positions at Northrop Grumman Corporation, including Acting Sector Counsel, Information Technology Sector, where she had overall responsibility for managing the legal and regulatory affairs of the Sector and was a core member of the executive management of the sector. Past positions include VP, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Cable & Wireless plc, where she managed the legal support for all aspects of the company’s largest global sales division, and a Partner at Holland & Knight LLP where she represented broadcast and communications companies in regulatory, transactional, and legislative matters.
Patricia received her law degree from the Harvard Law School, J.D, in 1990, and a she holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a member of the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia (Corporate Counsel) bars.
Peter Kürpick - Executive Vice President Product House
Appointed in May 2014, Peter Kürpick leads Unify’s Product House organization and is a member of the Senior Executive Team. He is responsible for the Unify’s portfolio strategy, innovation and leads software development teams around the world.
Prior to joining Unify, Peter held leadership roles in product strategy, innovation and development for respected companies including SAP and Software AG and has been a trusted advisor on industry trends such as Big Data. He is a published author with over 100 Publications in Supercomputing, Physics, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences.
Peter holds a Ph.D in Theoretical Physics and a Master in Environmental Sciences from the University of Kassel as well as an INSEAD MBA. In 1994 he was awarded the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Award of the German Ministery of Research and Science for his Ph.D.
Jon Pritchard – Executive Vice President Channels
Jon Pritchard is Executive Vice President Channels at Unify and member of the Senior Executive Team.
Prior to joining Unify, Jon was President of Comstor Worldwide with responsibility for global operations of Westcon's Cisco dedicated business practice. This included operational and strategic sales programs, marketing and business development initiatives, business segmentation planning and organizational development for a business with revenues of approximately $2.5 billion across 40 countries. He also retained direct day-to-day responsibility for Comstor’s European business.
Jon is a seasoned channel executive, having spent the last 25 years in the IT industry. He joined Comstor as sales director in 2003 where he established a track record of driving solid growth on both a Pan-European and global basis. He has also held a number of senior positions in the channel including that of Commercial Sales Director at Ingram Micro in the UK.
Jon holds a science degree from Liverpool.
Bernd Schlotter – Executive Vice President & President Unify Services
Bernd Schlotter is the EVP & President Services and a member of the Senior Executive Team. He is responsible for the global services business.
Bernd combines deep experience in software and services with a long and successful career in consulting and systems integration. He previously was SVP and General Manager of Application Delivery Management at HP Software. Before that, Bernd was a Senior Partner at Bain & Company and a leader in their technology and telecommunications practice.
Bernd holds a graduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Stuttgart and a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California in Berkeley.
Liliana Solomon – Chief Financial Officer
Liliana Solomon is the global Chief Financial Officer of Unify and member of the Senior Executive Team, a position held since May 1st 2014.
Liliana contributes a wealth of international experience and financial leadership – most recently as European CFO at Vodafone Group and previously as CEO of Vodafone’s operations in Romania. During her 20 year career she has held CFO roles and financial controlling roles at leading brands including Cable & Wireless, Deutsche Telekom and O.Tel.O Germany.
She holds a MBA from INSEAD and a PhD and MSc (Summa Cum Laude) in Physics from the University of Cluj-Napoca.