With the acquisition of Avaya’s networking business, Extreme Networks is not only growing our technology offering, but bolstering the team too. Having the right people with the right talents is fundamental in helping Extreme on our journey towards becoming the leader in the enterprise networking space. With this in mind, we are welcoming Michael Grundl as the new director of channel & partner sales in EMEA to lead Extreme’s sales efforts in the region.
Michael´s roots go back to Siemens, Bay Networks, Nortel, and Avaya Networking. He brings a wealth of technical skills in the key areas of networking, enterprise/carrier, security, cloud, and data center solutions with more than 25 years of sales experience in the industry. Working on various international direct and indirect sales positions he was promoted to a series of senior management roles, most recently as leader of networking in Central & Northern Europe with Avaya.
I’m very excited to have Michael Grundl heading up our EMEA channel sales team! He is joining Extreme Networks at a critical juncture. Michael’s experience, knowledge, and leadership will be vital in articulating how Extreme has evolved as we continue to build out our technology solutions so that we are able to provide more offerings to users.
“I am looking forward to diving into work with – what I know – is a hugely talented team, as well as reinforcing the already outstanding relationships we have with our partner community. This will ensure Extreme is able to continuously drive excellence through its innovative technology and unparalleled customer experience.” – Michael Grundl, Director of Channel & Partner Sales in EMEA, Extreme Networks
In his new role, Michael will leverage his years of sales and marketing experience to push forward the values of the “New Extreme” and build on its position as a global leader in the enterprise networking space. A key aspect of this will be engaging with Extreme’s partner ecosystem to drive growth.
According to Michael, “Extreme´s acquisition of Avaya networking and the planned acquisition of Brocade´s data center networking business define a new era in networking. Based on our principles and commitment to support the most qualified networking partners in EMEA, we help customers to significantly reduce network complexity, increase operational effectiveness and improve network security without driving up costs or deteriorating network availability. Our comprehensive wired, wireless, and software offerings, combined with a stellar record for customer service makes Extreme a highly attractive choice for any enterprise´s networking needs.”
Welcome to the team, Michael!