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.).
Trevor Connell – General Manager East and West Region
Trevor holds the position of General Manager for a combined East and West Region 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, a position he held from April 2012 to April 2013.
Trevor is a highly experienced sales and commercial leader having joined the company 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.
Todd Freefield – SVP Channels North America
Todd Freefield is Senior Vice President of North America Channels at Unify. He is responsible for leading Unify's strategic channel efforts throughout the United States and Canada.
Todd is a proven business leader who brings to Unify a wealth of sales and service acumen gained through many years leading large direct and indirect channel organizations. He had a long, successful career with AT&T in the Unified Communications and Collaboration industry and working with Cloud-based solutions. More recently, at Cisco Systems, Todd worked successfully with several of the world’s largest channel and distribution partners. He further honed his industry expertise in senior leadership positions with global brands including Avaya and BT. Todd has a proven record of surpassing strategic company objectives by building strong teams and creating a culture that inspires associates at every level. Together with his talented team Todd is driving the initiatives that will deliver significant channel growth and ensure Unify's continued success.
Todd is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma. He is married and has two sons.
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.
Stephan Neumeier – SVP Channels Asia Pacific
Stephan Neumeier is Senior Vice President of Channels for Asia Pacific, responsible for all channel activities which includes Distribution, Partner Channels and Alliances. Stephan has a strong record of building channels and generating new sources of revenue for a variety of security and telephony companies.
Stephan joins us from Intel Security Group (formerly McAfee) where he was Director of Channels, Emerging Markets with responsibility for developing the channel business in Russia & CIS, Middle East & Africa, Turkey and Israel. Earlier at McAfee, he served as the Country Manager for Russia & CIS, doubling McAfee's year-over-year business there for several years.
Prior to that, Stephan was Director System Integrator, Service Provider and Distribution business for the APAC region for Avaya where he managed indirect channels through a period of significant growth. He also worked as European Business Development Manager for Ingram Micro where he was responsible for recruitment, development and revenue management of 9 countries within EMEA.
Reinaldo de Oliveira Opice – SVP Channels Latin America
Reinaldo de Oliveira Opice is Senior Vice President of Channels for Latin America. Reinaldo brings a solid track record of channel sales and general management leadership experience with global IT companies like IBM, GE Capital, Silicon Graphics, Microsoft and Enterasys.
Prior to joining Unify, Reinaldo was Vice-President for Enterasys Networks Latin America with responsibility for the regional business of Enterasys, including operations, sales execution, business development initiatives and organizational development. He also retained direct day-to-day responsibility for Enterasys Brazil business.
At Microsoft, Reinaldo was responsible for the OEM business for Brazil, where he drove a solid growth of the business with an average annual growth of 42% during his tenure and developed the largest and strongest OEM business for Microsoft outside of US.
Reinaldo studied Civil Engineering at Escola Politécnica da USP in Brazil.
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.
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.
Klaus Stoeckert – General Manager Central Europe
Klaus Stoeckert is General Manager for Central Europe and has full management responsibility for Germany and Austria. He is a member of the Senior Executive/Leadership Team at Unify and most recently was Senior Vice President Global Accounts Central Europe for Siemens Enterprise Communications, a position he held from September 2009 to October 2013.
Klaus is a dynamic leader with strong customer focus and relationships. During his 25 year career he has held a number of executive positions in the company in roles such as VP Corporate Communications, General Manager Midsize Business Germany, VP Global Accounts HQ and SVP Global Accounts Germany.
Thomas Veit – SVP Channels EMEA
Thomas Veit is Senior Vice President Channels EMEAR (Europe, Middle East and Africa including CIS) leading Unify’s channel strategy in the region.
Veit brings more than 20 years of experience and success in building PAN-EMEA Channel programs to his role. Before joining Unify, Veit led successful channel operations for several global businesses, most recently at Avaya where he served as as the Managing Director for their International Distribution/Channel Business. Prior to that, he served as Senior Director, EMEA Sales Operation & Emerging Markets for SonicWALL, where he was responsible for the restructuring and rationalization of distribution and reseller channel relationships, reporting directly to the Board of Directors. Veit has also held senior roles at Ingram Micro, where he was General Manager EMEA, and Cisco Systems, where his primary focus was PAN-EMEA channel business.