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Executive Vice President, General Manager, Personal Systems Business
Shantanu Sarkar serves as Executive Vice President, General Manager, Personal Systems Business at Plantronics. In this role he provides strategic direction and drives the company’s software, hardware, mechanical design and program management efforts for Plantronics enterprise and consumer headset businesses, desktop phones and SaaS software.
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 increasing levels of seniority and responsibility including Vice President, Software, Firmware and Program Management in 2013, and Vice President, Engineering in 2014.
Prior to Plantronics, Sarkar led the Advanced Technology, Strategy and Corporate Development team at Polycom. Sarkar also 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 Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and a Master of Science degree in computer science from The Ohio State University. Additionally, he holds 100+ U.S. patents (granted and filed), plus others internationally.