Leadership Team

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.).

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Trevor Connell – General Manager East and West Region

Trevor holds the position of General Manager for a combined East and West Region reporting to Dean Douglas, CEO of Unify and has full management responsibility for these countries (except Germany and Austria). He is a member of the Senior Executive Team at Unify and most recently was Managing Director Northern Cluster for Siemens Enterprise Communications, a position he held from April 2012 to April 2013. 

Trevor is a highly experienced sales and commercial leader having joined Siemens in 1996 as a Commercial Manager and held a number of executive positions in the Company in roles such as; Vice President BA-Global Sales Commercial Sector, Senior Vice President BA-Global Sales, VP Sales Operations EMEA, VP Sales Operations EMEA & Asia Pacific and SVP Direct Sales EMEA & Asia Pacific.

Trevor is married with three children and he enjoys motorcycles, martial arts, golf, exercise, drawing and painting.

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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.

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Martin Kinne

Martin Kinne – General Manager Central Europe and Executive Director

Martin Kinne is the General Manager of the Central Europe Region at Unify and as such is responsible for all business in this region. Additionally he is an Executive Director of Unify GmbH & Co. KG.

From 2007 to 2011, Martin Kinne was the Executive Director and Vice President of the Personal Systems Group (PSG) at HP Germany. Before working with HP, Martin Kinne spent over 18 years in various management positions at Siemens AG.

Among others, as Executive Vice President for the Siemens cell phone department in Hong Kong, he was responsible for Sales, Marketing, Research and Development as well as Production and Customer Service across the entire Asia-Pacific region. He subsequently managed the cell phone network business in Europe and then went on to assume the role of Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Gigaset.

After completing a degree in Law, Martin Kinne began his career in 1988 as a Sales Executive at Computer Associates (CA) in Hamburg, Germany. Martin Kinne is a fully qualified lawyer and holds a Master of Science in Management (Sloan Fellow) from Stanford University, in the USA.

Martin Kinne is the Bavarian Representative for the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (or BITKOM in German) and acts as the interface between the ITC sector and regional politics.

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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.

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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.

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Dan Papes – Executive Vice President of Americas

Dan Papes is Executive Vice President of Global Sales of the Americas region at Unify and member of the Senior Executive Team. He leads a combined North and Latin America region and together with his management team is responsible for growing business in this strategically important territory.

He comes to Unify with more than 20 years of IT industry sales and services experience, including a long and successful career at IBM in the cloud, wireless services, telecommunications industry, and mobile enterprise services business units. Most recently, Papes served as SVP of Global Cloud and Data Center Services at the Westcon Group, a value-added distributor of unified communications, networking and security solutions and services.

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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.

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André Schiffer – Chief Human Resources Officer

André Schiffer was named Chief Human Resources Officer of Unify in July 2012. He reports directly to the CEO.

Schiffer has held executive positions with various global players in the telecommunications industry. As Vice President Human Resources International at Deutsche Telekom, he was responsible for all HR processes in southeast Europe, in addition to supervising the Global Assignment Center.

At T-Mobile International AG, Schiffer led the HR Business Partner Team for the regions West and East Europe as the Senior Vice President, and was also responsible for the Top Management Support Center. At T-Mobile, he was a member of the Marketing Panel (as well as other such groups) and also a member of the Supervisory Board with responsibility for the markets in Austria, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.

Previously, Schiffer was the Executive Vice President of Intellectual Capital, responsible mainly for the change initiative in the One Company program, which integrated simultaneously five previously independent mobile operators in Europe.

For Siemens AG, Schiffer was responsible for the three areas of the Information and Communications field within the International Top Management. He previously served as HR manager for Europe and Asia-Pacific for Siemens Business Services GmbH. He began his Siemens career at Nixdorf Information Systems AG.

Schiffer studied political science, law and medieval culture at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, specializing in economics and international politics.

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Steve Shanck – General Manager North America

Steve Shanck serves as general manager of Unify North America. As head of the key North American region, Shanck is responsible for all aspects of sales and customer opportunities in the region.

Shanck has a proven record of success across diverse technology and geographical markets. He has held senior leadership roles with Harris Corporation, EADS, Inc., General Dynamics Information Technology, and Motorola. More recently he was the principal of Trilogy Venture Group LLC, focused on the changing landscape of technology in the mobile applications space. His experience includes serving both enterprise and government markets in North America and globally.

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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.

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