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Extreme Networks appoints Scott Peterson as global channel chief

Thu 3 Feb 2022

Extreme Networks has elected Scott Peterson as its new senior vice president of global channel sales, who will report to chief revenue officer Joe Vitalone.

Peterson will lead growth in the company’s global channel program and its go-to-market strategy for partners.

Commenting on the appointment, Vitalone says Scott Peterson brings an energy, experience and leadership that will benefit Extreme’s portfolio and reach.

The company, which is transitioning to a new phase as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business.

Peterson has held roles at Mitel and Verizon. Vitalone says Peterson’s background as a consultant, sales executive and time at Verizon will “greatly benefit Extreme and our partners as we continue to grow market share.”

The company has also appointed Mark Dellavalle as senior vice president of global systems engineering, who will also report to Joe Vitalone.

Dellavalle will head Extreme Networks’ systems engineering team. He previously worked at Aerohive before becoming part of the Extreme Networks team in 2019, as part of a US$272 million acquisition deal. In addition to Aerohive, Dellavalle has held multiple roles at Cisco Systems.

Speaking about Delavalle’s appointment, Joe Vitalone says, “Mark’s knowledge of our markets and how to effectively solve customers’ challenges has contributed significantly to Extreme’s success and why we’ve tapped him to drive our systems engineering function forward. His team will play a critical role in helping our customers fully understand the impact that our solutions have on their business.”

Last year Extreme Networks was named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Wired and Wireless Local Access Network (LAN) Infrastructure. It was the fourth year in a row that the company achieved Leader status in the quadrant. 

The company’s president and CEO, Ed Meyercord, says the company puts customers at the centre of everything it does.

“Being recognised as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure for the fourth year in a row is a testament to both the work we’ve done and our vision for the future.”

The company has also been recognised as a Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Wired and Wireless LAN every year since 2018. The company received a 4.7 out of 5 rating.

In September 2021, the company also closed its acquisition of Infovista’s Ipanema business that specialises in cloud-native SD-WAN and security software across Europe, the Middle East, and Europe. Ipanema is now part of the Extreme Networks ExtremeCloud portfolio.

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