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Press Release -- October 22nd, 2012
Source: Acme Packet

Acme Packet Strengthens Sales and Marketing Leadership for Asia-Pacific and Enterprise Markets

Oct 22, 2012 (Marketwire via COMTEX) —Acme Packet® (NASDAQ:APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, today announced it has made two notable additions to its senior sales team, adding Paul Wilson as Vice President for APAC sales, and Vin La Rocca as Vice President for North American Enterprise Sales. Additionally, Eric Rapisarda will join the company as Vice President of Enterprise Product Management and Marketing.

“The Acme Packet team is very excited about the additions of these top-notch players, each of whom brings substantial industry experience and a reputation for delivering results,” said Acme Packet CEO Andy Ory. “We are confident that their capabilities will prove to be powerful assets for Acme Packet as we expand our focus on the rapidly growing opportunities in the Asia-Pacific and enterprise markets.”

Wilson joins the Acme Packet team from Riverbed Technology, where he worked as APAC Manager of the Cascade Business Unit. Wilson offers 27 years of experience in telecommunications and IT business and market development, including 10 years working with Cisco in the Asia Pacific region developing the service provider market and building vital relationships with Asian VP-level professionals. In addition to his work with Riverbed Technologies and Cisco, Wilson has served as Vice President of Sales in South Asia at Force 10 Networks and as General Manager of Service Provider Operations at EMC.

La Rocca comes to Acme Packet from communications solutions and services provider Avaya, where he served as Vice President of Northeast, Global Accounts and Service Provider Sell To. He also led North America at Avaya as President of Field Operations. La Rocca has also previously held executive roles as VP of North America at NCR Corporation and VP of Americas International at Symbol Technologies. Before that La Rocca spent 8 years at Cisco Systems in a number of leadership roles in the US and Europe.

Rapisarda joins Acme Packet from EMC, where he served as Director of Global Solutions, focusing on developing new offerings for high-growth markets. Prior to that, he served as Senior Manager in EMC’s Strategic Planning and Advisory Group. Rapisarda has also held roles at Cambridge Strategic Management Group, Marconi Communications, and Tyco Electronics.

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About Acme Packet

Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, enables the trusted, first-class delivery of next-generation voice, data and unified communications services and applications across IP networks. Our Net-Net product family fulfills demanding security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in service provider, enterprise and contact center networks. Based in Bedford, Massachusetts, Acme Packet designs and manufactures its products in the USA, selling them through over 250 reseller partners worldwide. More than 1,775 customers in 109 countries have deployed over 19,000 Acme Packet systems, including 89 of the top 100 service providers and 45 of the Fortune 100. For more information visit

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