Names New VP and General Manager, and Opens New China Locations as the Company Expands Globally
Vonage, a leading provider of cloud communications for business, announced that the company is expanding its international footprint with new investments in the Asia Pacific (APAC) to support the growing demand for cloud communications services.
The Company has named Sunny Rao as its new Vice President and General Manager for APAC to lead Vonage’s APAC expansion. With more than 20 years of experience as a global information technology leader, Rao brings vast experience and deep expertise in the global expansion of emerging technologies to Vonage and will oversee the Company’s strategic efforts in the Asia Pacific. This includes expansion in existing markets and opening new offices in China- Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.
Strategic Direction for Global Growth
Vonage CEO Alan Masarek, said, “Through Nexmo, the Vonage API platform, Vonage already has strong leadership in EMEA and APAC with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Seoul, and we are thrilled to welcome Sunny to this growing team. As we continue to see strong growth in adoption of programmable communications throughout these regions, Sunny’s leadership will allow us to leverage the ease of use of our platform with our strong carrier connections to expand our current footprint in Asia and to take advantage of the market opportunity with the full suite of Vonage cloud communications offerings.”
Prior to joining the Company, Rao served as Vice President for India & the Middle East at Vidyo, Inc. He has also held senior executive positions at software companies Nuance Communications and Genesys Telecommunications, as well as Avaya, a global business technology provider.
Rao said,”I am excited to join the Vonage team at such a pivotal moment in its global expansion. Vonage is uniquely positioned to expand the penetration of its existing presence in the Asian marketplace by leveraging its leadership position across the business communications space.”
With more than 25 percent of revenues for Nexmo, the Vonage API platform, from APAC, the addition of these new locations in China underscores the Company’s plans for growth in this region, where it already has many large enterprise customers. These include global telecommunications leader, Huawei, China’s leading selfie app, Meitu; Asia’s largest live broadcasting app, Bigo; and two of China’s largest e-commerce and online marketplaces, JD.com and Alibaba.
Huawei recently awarded Vonage its annual “Huawei Best Service Award.” This award recognizes the Vonage’s quality service delivery, localized customer support, and leadership of product and technology among thousands of Huawei’s suppliers.