Mr. Kannappan serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Plantronics and has been a member of the Board since 1999. He joined Plantronics in February 1995 as Vice President - Sales, responsible for OEM Sales and the Asia Pacific/Latin America markets for Plantronics, Inc. Mr. Kannappan was promoted to Vice President - Sales, responsible for the United States, Asia Pacific/Latin America markets in September 1995. Mr. Kannappan was promoted to Managing Director of our Plantronics Limited subsidiary in England in March 1996. In March 1997, Mr. Kannappan returned from England and was promoted to Senior Vice President responsible for Plantronics' Worldwide Operations, Plantronics' Mobile and Clarity Divisions and Plantronics Limited. In March 1998, Mr. Kannappan was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer. In January 1999, Mr. Kannappan was promoted to Chief Executive Officer and appointed to the Board of Directors. Prior to joining Plantronics, Mr. Kannappan was Senior Vice President of Investment Banking for Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated, where he was employed from August 1985 through January 1995.
Mr. Kannappan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Yale University and a Master's of Business Administration from Stanford University. Mr. Kannappan also serves as Director of Mattson Technology, Inc., a supplier of advanced process equipment for the semiconductor industry.