Polycom Video-conferencing specialist Polycom has announced several new appointments and promotions across the Asia-Pacific region. Jean-Francois Poulain has been appointed vice-president and managing director for Asia-Pacific. He was previously vice-president for southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Polycom subsidiary, Polyspan. Mr Poulain joined Polyspan in 1999 after leaving PictureTel, where he was managing director in France. He also worked for Intel as manager of the European Supercomputing Division from 1992-1999, and for Digital Equipment as a sales and marketing manager from 1982 to 1992. He will oversee the company's regional offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Michelle Lui has been promoted to sales manager, Hong Kong. She was previously sales manager for audio conferencing products and solutions. Wendy Wong has been promoted to regional marketing manager, North Asia and India. She has occupied various sales and marketing positions at Polycom Hong Kong since joining the company in 1999. In her new role as marketing manager, North Asia and India, she will be responsible for Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and India. She will continue to be based in Hong Kong. Sue Day has been hired as regional marketing director, Asia-Pacific, and replaces Heidi Lorenzen, who has been promoted to marketing director, North America. Ms Day, who has 20 years of experience in marketing, has worked with Nokia, Ericsson, Avaya, Honda, Diageo, Coca-Cola and Schweppes. She was previously business director and Nokia regional account director at OgilvyOne Worldwide. Motorola Motorola has hired Larry Rinaldi as vice-president and chief marketing officer for Motorola's Personal Communications Sector in the Asia-Pacific. Mr Rinaldi, who was previously president of marketing and public relations firm Wunderman Asia-Pacific, a subsidiary of WPP based in Beijing, and chief executive officer of DYR Wunderman for Greater China, is based in Motorola's North Asia headquarters in Beijing. Mr Rinaldi, who has 25 years of experience in marketing, became head of Wunderman Asia-Pacific last year, after spending time in London as head of Wunderman's regional interactive business. Before joining Wunderman in London, he was vice-chairman of Ogilvy's operations for Greater China, based in Beijing, where he oversaw the company's independent advertising, direct marketing, media planning and buying, public relations, sales promotions and health-care communications units. He also founded OgilvyInteractive and mdigital (Ogilvy's internet media planning and buying arm). Before that, Mr Rinaldi was president of Ogilvy's IBM Services Asia-Pacific unit, based in Tokyo. He also worked with Ogilvy in New York, Sydney and Los Angeles. The company has promoted Simon LK Leung as president of Motorola Hong Kong. Mr Leung's new responsibilities will include overseeing corporate governance issues in Hong Kong, and he will serve as Motorola's liaison officer with the Hong Kong government. He will continue in his role as senior vice-president of Motorola and general manager of Global Telecom Solutions Sector Asia-Pacific, including Japan. Mr Leung is a member of the Motorola Asia-Pacific management board. He is also vice-chairman of Motorola's joint venture with Eastcom in Hangzhou, China. 3Com Networking pioneer 3Com has appointed telecommunications veteran Mehmet Balos as vice-president, global marketing. Based at the company's corporate headquarters in Massachusetts, he will be responsible for marketing 3Com products and solutions in the enterprise networking market. Mr Balos was previously senior vice-president of global marketing, sales and professional services with telecoms equipment manufacturer Advanced Fibre Communications. He joined AFC in July, 1999, with 20 years of telecom experience. He started his career in 1980 at Lucent Technologies (formerly known as Western Electric) as fibre-optics product manager. He continued his career with BellSouth as transport/access business manager, and later worked at Nortel Networks and Fujitsu. He was the corporate marketing vice-president at ADC and general manager at Pirelli Telecom. Tengtu Distance learning systems developer Tengtu International has appointed Sheng Xing Yao to its board of directors and as president of its 57 per cent-owned joint venture, Tengtu United Corp (TUC). China's Ministry of Education has selected TUC as the operating partner in the deployment of China's national education portal and distance learning network. Mr Yao's appointments come as the company moves to restructure the two companies. He will oversee the administration of the restructuring plan. He has worked in the business and government sectors in Hong Kong and the mainland. PalmSource PalmSource, the Palm subsidiary that develops and sells the Palm Operating System, has appointed two new senior officers to the company's executive management team. Larry Slotnick has assumed the role of chief products officer, and will be responsible for software technology direction and leading product marketing, research and development, customer support and developer relations. He brings to the company 20 years of experience in the technology industry, product development and start-up management. He was senior vice-president of engineering at Pixo, a start-up specialising in telecom software for handsets and wireless services. Before Pixo, he was vice-president of engineering with Noosh, a start-up focused on print procurement. He has also served in vice-president roles with Apple Computer, Octel Communications and Claris. In his nine years at Apple, he was vice-president of internet and enterprise products and helped develop MacOS X Server, WebObjects and Appleshare. He also served as vice-president of product development for the company's Claris subsidiary. The company has also announced the appointment of David Limp as senior vice-president of corporate and business development. Mr Limp, another Apple veteran, will focus on corporate development, business development, applications business and communications with wireless network operators. Before joining PalmSource, he was chief strategy officer of Liberate Technologies, where he was responsible for strategic planning, technology licensing, corporate partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions. As Liberate's vice-president of marketing, he had helped the spin-off of the company from Oracle.