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Patton Appoints New Leadership in EMEA
3.7.2019


Two new leaders at Patton will expand operations and drive revenue growth by further penetrating EMEA with innovative UC, Cloud, and IoT solutions

SmartNode™ VoIP… More than Just Talk!

Marjan Torkar, President EMEA
“Patton has always focused on designing and building innovative products that connect legacy communication systems with leading-edge network technologies.”
Marjan Torkar
President of EMEA
Michael Schwidder, Director of Channel Management
Michael Schwidder
Director of Channel Management
Niederwangen, SWITZERLAND: Patton—manufacturer of the famous SmartNode™ voice-over-IP products—has appointed two new business leaders, Marjan Torkar and Michael Schwidder, to expand business operations and drive revenue growth throughout Europe.

Marjan Torkar, former Mobik CEO and Dialogic VP, has joined Patton as President of EMEA. Fluent in German, English and other languages, Mr. Torkar is responsible Patton’s European business unit with the mission to grow revenue and deliver strong EBITDA performance. He leads business development activities with a special focus on multi-national telecom service providers based in Europe with operations in international markets.

Michael Schwidder, with over 20 years of Channel experience in Europe, is responsible for executing Patton’s channel-centric, two-tier distribution strategy to achieve revenue targets in Europe as Director of Channel Management. With a focus on the SmartNode brand, enterprise telephony, UC and cloud services, Mr. Schwidder is tasked with generating sales growth by prospecting, onboarding, developing and managing direct and indirect resellers. 

Patton is well known in the EMEA region for pioneering products and solutions that enable unified communications (UC), cloud networking, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

“Patton has always focused on designing and building innovative products that connect legacy communication systems with leading-edge network technologies,” Marjan Torkar said. “I feel excited and privileged to contribute to their ever-increasing success.”

News of Patton’s expanding leadership and cloud offerings comes as ComputerWeekly reports EMEA enterprises have forecasted spending 19% of budgets on cloud-based services in 2019, while TradeArabia observes Citrix has enhanced its EMEA leadership team to support expanding cloud business.

As Microsoft opens its first data centers in Africa, Patton has prepared to penetrate the market, having validated its SmartNode VoIP CPE products for interop with Skype for Business (SfB).

In related news, Patton announced its most recent innovation last month: the new SmartNode industrial VoIP gateway that delivers IP telephony in harsh environments.


About Patton

Patton is all about connections. It is our joy and mission to connect real-world customer challenges with high-quality, right-priced solutions—complemented by unrivaled customer service and technical support. Incorporated 1984, Patton has built everything from micro-sized widgets that connect "this-with-that," to carrier-grade Telecom gear that connects subscribers to service-providers. Patton's specialty is interconnecting legacy TDM and serial systems with new-generation IP-based voice, data, and multi-media technologies.

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, USA, Patton equipment—including VoIP, Ethernet extension, and wireless router technologies—is up-and-running in carrier, enterprise and industrial networks worldwide. Patton works in connection with a growing network of technology, business, and sales-channel partners. To connect with local-market requirements, Patton operates training and support centers in Switzerland, Hungary, Lebanon, India and the USA.

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Media Contact: Glendon Flowers | +1 301 975 1000 | press@patton.com



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