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Vertical Communications has assembled a team of experienced senior executives to drive and manage tremendous growth in its business.

Peter Bailey
President & Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Peter Bailey is responsible for the Company's overall strategic direction while intimately involved in day-to-day operations. Mr. Bailey has over 17 years of experience in technology, finance and communications. As a co-founder of Vertical Communications (along with Mr. Tauscher), Mr. Bailey has deep experience in the Unified Communications industry and knows what it takes to help...
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William Tauscher
Executive Chairman

William Tauscher brings a wealth of financial and managerial experience to his role as Executive Chairman. This experience gives Vertical a unique advantage as it pursues its mission to provide Unified Communications solutions that help businesses succeed. Mr. Tauscher is the founder of The Tauscher Group, which invests and assists in the management of enterprises in various industries. Before...
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Rick Dell
Chief Operating Officer

In his role as President & COO, Rick Dell is responsible for day-to-day operations with a focus on sales, channel management, marketing, customer support and operations. Mr. Dell has been a leading executive in the telecommunications industry for more than 20 years, working in many capacities and helping companies grow. Most recently Mr. Dell served as president of Mitel Networks USA, leading...
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Bryan Merrell
Vice President, Sales

Bringing more than 24 years of executive management experience to Vertical, Bryan Merrell, Vice President of Sales, oversees dealer recruitment and directs a team of regional sales managers in support of Vertical's national dealer channel. Prior to joining the company, Merrell was a Regional Vice President of Sales with Mitel after the company's acquisition of Inter-Tel, where he also held roles as Regional Director of Sales, Southeast, and General Manager of the Tampa office. Previously, Merrell was Director of Customer Service with Time Warner Cable. He received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Steven De Korne
Vice President, Marketing

Vice President of Marketing, Steven De Korne, is responsible for the implementation of the company's global brand strategy, marketing and business development initiatives. De Korne comes to Vertical from Mitel, where he directed and managed the national Channel Sales and Marketing efforts for the publicly-traded communications manufacturer. Prior to Mitel, De Korne was Vice President of Marketing for Inter-Tel, Inc. De Korne has advanced degrees from Texas A&M University and the Universität Bayreuth.

Mark Niknam
Sr. Vice President, Operations and Technical Support

Marc Niknam is responsible for the company's Operations organization. His operational responsibilities include Manufacturing, Quality Control, Supply Chain Management, Distribution and Information Technology. Mr. Niknam brings over 25 years of experience in Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality Control and Technical Support to Vertical. His expertise helps ensure that our solutions meet the high...
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Wolfgang Maerz
Vice President and Managing Director, International Sales

Wolfgang Maerz oversees the Company's international operations as well as managing the Munich, Germany office.


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