Voice over IP company Vonage announced that the interim tag
has been removed from Michael Tribolet’s position as president of Vonage
America. Tribolet had been acting president since January 2006.
This move is no surprise, as the Holmdel, N.J.-based company overhauls its
executive team in preparation for its IPO. Vonage founder and chairman Jeffrey Citron yielded the CEO title to Mike Snyder in February.
“Michael has more than 15 years experience in multi-national operations
management, and I am excited that he will be assuming the permanent role as
president of Vonage America,” Vonage CEO Mike Snyder said in a statement.
As president of Vonage America, Michael Tribolet will be responsible for marketing, which the company said it would continue
throwing huge amounts of dollars at.
Vonage would not comment on whether these changes reflect a change in strategy or if further changes at the executive level are forthcoming.
The announcement noted that Tribolet will also have responsibility over
“sales, customer care and a variety of operations functions.”
Tribolet has a strong background in Internet telephony, having spent nearly
10 years at Data Products International, overseeing the build-out of
several Internet telephony services.
Before his appointment as interim president of Vonage America, Tribolet
served as executive vice president for Vonage Holdings.
Tribolet previously served as vice president of operations for Dialpad
Communications, overseeing engineering operations.
Vonage wasn’t the only company to announce executive moves today.
Cendant Corporation today named Jeff Clarke CEO and president of its Travel
Distribution Services (TDS) Division, effective May 1, 2006.
Clarke joins TDS from CA, formerly Computer Associates, where he served as
the software company’s COO since 2004.
The company said that Clarke will further strengthen the TDS management
team, and intimated that no further changes were upcoming in the division’s
senior leadership. Gordon Bethune became chairman of the division last
“Jeff Clarke has been a rising star in the technology sector for many years
and I am delighted that he has agreed to accept the position as CEO and
president,” Cendant’s chairman and CEO, Henry R. Silverman, said in a
“Jeff’s strong management and operational skills played an integral role in
the successful revitalization of CA.”