Shantanu Sarkar is Senior Vice President of Product Development at Plantronics. In this role he provides strategic direction and drives the company's software, hardware, mechanical design, and program management efforts.
Sarkar joined Plantronics in 2011 as Vice President, Software and Firmware. Since that time, he has been promoted to his current position through a variety of roles with increasingly levels of seniority and responsibility including Vice President, Software, Firmware and Program Management in 2013, and Vice President, Engineering in 2014.
Previous to Plantronics, Sarkar led the Advanced Technology, Strategy and Corporate Development team at Polycom from Feb to Aug 2011. Prior to Polycom he spent 14 years at Cisco and was part of the original internal startup that ultimately became the $2B+ Voice Technology Group. During his tenure at Cisco he led engineering teams, strategy, worldwide UC standards engagement, M&A, advanced technology for collaboration, and product development, and was named one of Cisco’s best Executive Briefing Center (EBC) presenters.
Sarkar has a M.S. in Computer Science from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Additionally, he holds 100+ U.S. patents (granted and filed), plus others internationally.