Friday, September 16, 2011

Polycom's Steve Pattison is our newest Executive Advisory Board member

Polycom's Steve Pattison
One of the things we strive for in the composition of our Executive Advisory Board is industry diversity. Even though we're the only virtual collaboration environment built on the Microsoft stack, we haven't looked for board members who live just in the Microsoft ecosystem.

Rather, our focus has been on unified communications and life sciences. We've sought out executives with a broad array of experiences and customer inputs, including IBM's Cindy Skirvin, Microsoft’s Sam Batterman and now, Polycom's Steve Pattison.

Steve is the newest member of our board, and will be helping to counsel and guide our management team on a range of business initiatives, including industry partnerships, business development, and corporate strategy.

So if you take a look at the composition of our board now, you'll see leaders in business analytics and innovation, life sciences technologies, networking, and UC. The result is one of the reasons why the unified communications and collaboration experience in ProtoSphere is so outstanding.

We announced Steve's joining in a press release today, which has more details on his background and how he'll be supporting us.

Welcome aboard, Steve!

Polycom’s Steve Pattison Joins ProtonMedia’s Executive Advisory Board

Pattison will advise ProtonMedia’s leaders on the company’s business development and strategic direction of its ProtoSphere technology

LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ProtonMedia, the developer of the ProtoSphere virtual collaboration environment, today announced that Steve Pattison has joined the company’s Executive Advisory Board. Pattison is the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Polycom.

As a member of ProtonMedia’s Executive Advisory Board, Pattison joins executives from Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco in providing the company’s management team with expertise and counsel on industry partnerships, business development, and overall corporate strategy.

“ProtonMedia has carved a strong position in the unified communications and collaboration space over the past couple of years,” says Pattison. “I believe the company has a clear view of the future of collaboration, team engagement, and productivity, and is making significant inroads in the life sciences and other key industry sectors to demonstrate the value of and need for virtual collaboration technology. I’m looking forward to working with its executives in developing new strategic alliances, partnerships, and other opportunities that will bolster its growth trajectory.”

Pattison has over 10 years of experience in the rich media and enterprise video software and technology industries. He has been responsible for a number of significant partnerships aligning leading vendors in the networking, video conferencing, encoding, and storage industries.

“Steve brings to the table invaluable experience and expertise in business development and strategic alliances within the unified communications space,” says Ron Burns, founder and CEO of ProtonMedia.

Prior to Polycom, Pattison was responsible for business development, corporate development, product management, and product marketing at Accordent Technologies and negotiated Polycom’s recent acquisition of the company. Pattison has held numerous leadership roles in the high-tech industry, including executive positions at Interwoven (acquired by Autonomy) and Documentum (acquired by EMC). He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.


ProtonMedia is the developer of ProtoSphere, the market-leading virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, and the #1 virtual environment for collaborative PLM in life sciences. ProtoSphere’s virtual environment provides an arsenal of business-focused collaboration and communication tools that help companies accelerate decision-making and raise productivity, improving workplace performance overall. The company is a Gartner “Cool Vendor in the High-Performance Workplace” for 2010. Its customers include some of the world’s most respected brands, including AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Merck Inc., BP, Chevron, Duke University, Deloitte, TIAA-CREF, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing. A trial version of ProtoSphere can be downloaded at For more information, visit


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