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December 28, 2010

Cable: ARRIS Appoints New Vice President of Sales

By Deepika Mala, TMCnet Contributor

ARRIS, a global communications technology company, appointed Don Toft as vice president of sales, with direct responsibility for the Comcast (News - Alert) account.

Working in this profile, he will lead the ARRIS Comcast account team in providing support to the nation's largest cable MSO in their purchases and deployments of the complete line of ARRIS solutions.

Prior to joining ARRIS, Toft worked for Cisco Systems (News - Alert), where he was a senior sales manager on the Global Video Sales Team. For eight years, he also managed the Comcast Cable Infrastructure team. Toft, prior to joining Cisco, was a technical sales manager with Comsearch, a wireless engineering firm, where he sold wireless engineering software utilized to build and optimize PCs and microwave networks. 

Toft is a U.S. Navy veteran and served eight years as a chief cryptologist in a CNO -sponsored Special Operations Team assigned to the NSA. He holds a vast experience in the industry and is regarded as a top leader and trusted advisor to his customers.

"We are very happy to have someone with such a successful track record as Don Toft join the ARRIS Team," said ARRIS’ senior vice president, Sales Dan Whalen, in a press release. "The Comcast account is extremely strategic to us and we were looking for a sales professional with strong relationships, technical acumen, and a proven track record of execution to help grow our business."

ARRIS specializes in the design, engineering and supply of technology supporting triple- and quad-play broadband services for residential and business customers around the world. It also has carved a niche in supplying broadband operators with the tools and platforms they need to deliver reliable telephony, demand driven video, next-generation advertising and high-speed data services.

In related news, ARRIS for the second year in a row has been named one of the Top 10 International Brands operating in China's broadcasting and telecommunications marketplaces.

Deepika Mala is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf