Poly (Formerly Known As Plantronics) Names Dave Shull As President And CEO (PLT)

By Annie Baker ● August 19, 2020
  • Global communications company Poly — which is formerly known as Plantronics Inc (NYSE: PLT) — announced that it has appointed Dave Shull as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the company’s Board of Directors, effective September 8.

Global communications company Poly — which is formerly known as Plantronics Inc (NYSE: PLT) — announced that it has appointed Dave Shull as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the company’s Board of Directors, effective September 8. Shull is succeeding Robert Hagerty — who has served as Interim Chief Executive Officer since February 2020. 

Hagerty will continue in his role as Chairman of the Board and resume his membership on the Nominating and Governance and Strategy Committees as well as his role as Chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee. And Marv Tseu will continue in his role as Vice Chairman of the Board.

Shull most recently served as President and CEO of TiVo Corporation where he gained significant consumer hardware experience and reinvigorated the image of the TiVo brand through a new corporate narrative and a cutting-edge streaming product. And under Shull’s leadership, TiVo’s adjusted EBITDA grew 55% from Q1 2019 to Q2 2020. Before leading TiVo, he served as CEO of The Weather Channel. Shull brings over 15 years of senior leadership experience in digital media, commercial marketing, operations, and telecommunications. Prior to serving as CEO of The Weather Channel, he held various executive roles at DISH Network/EchoStar for 10 years, including Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Senior Vice President, Programming, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, and Vice President, Operations. Mr. Shull holds an A.B. from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Oxford University.

Poly is known for combining audio expertise and powerful video and conferencing capabilities to overcome the distractions, complexity and distance that make communication in and out of the workplace challenging. Poly’s headsets, software, desk phones, audio and video conferencing, analytics and services are used worldwide and are a leading choice for every kind of workspace.

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“Dave is a technology veteran whose global operations and telecommunications expertise, together with his extensive leadership experience and fresh insights, make him an outstanding leader for Poly. Poly’s rich technology history, diverse end markets ranging from offices and call centers to consumers, and proven focus on excellence in innovation mean that we have a tremendous opportunity ahead of us. The addition of an enthusiastic, creative thinker like Dave is, in the Board’s view, a recipe for long-term success and growth. On behalf of the Board, I am pleased to welcome Dave to the Poly family.”

– Robert Hagerty

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world for all of us – especially how we interact and connect with others, both professionally and personally. Poly has been leading the world for decades in connecting teams wherever and however they want. Its world-class audio, video, and software engineers are focused on creating the best communication endpoints that sound great and deliver amazing video, and are also consistently reliable and manageable for the most demanding users. We expect the fundamental shift to remote work and to the cloud will endure well beyond the pandemic, and the market opportunities created by the work-from-anywhere revolution are significant and exciting. This is a pivotal time in Poly’s history, and I am excited to lead this talented team during this transformational period.”  

– Dave Shull