Vonage expands international presence

Vonage (NYSE: VG), a provider of cloud communications for business, is expanding its international footprint with new investments in the Asia Pacific region (APAC) to support growing demand for cloud communications services, the company said.

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, Mr. 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 all of APAC. This includes expansion in existing markets and opening new offices in China — Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. 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.

The first of the three new China offices will be located in SSC Tower, Nanshan District in Shenzhen, followed by offices in Shanghai and Beijing. Business Development Director, Chong (David) Deng (邓冲) will lead the Shenzhen office. Prior to joining Vonage, Mr. Deng led the South and West China sales team for Akamai Technologies. He has deep knowledge of the Chinese market and 10 years of experience in emerging technologies, including online gaming and e-commerce, as well as finance and phone/tablet manufacturing. Mr. Deng also held various sales leadership roles at IBM, including oversight of IBM´s solution in cloud and data analytics for both government and public service.

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(华为); China´s selfie app, Meitu(美图); Asia´s largest live broadcasting app, Bigo; and two of China´s largest e-commerce and online marketplaces, JD.com (京东) and Alibaba.

Vonage is a provider of cloud communications services for business. Vonage transforms the way people work and businesses operate through a portfolio of cloud-based communications solutions that enable internal collaboration among employees, while also keeping companies closely connected with their customers, across any mode of communication, on any device. It is headquartered in Holmdel, New Jersey.