Vonage tabs former IBM exec as COO

Internet communications company Vonage has named a former IBM executive as its new chief operating officer, it announced Thursday.

Jay Bellissimo joins the Holmdel-based company next Tuesday, reporting to CEO Rory Read. In his new role, he will lead sales and operations globally, including the company’s go-to-market strategy and execution.

“Vonage is uniquely positioned to address the seismic shift businesses have experienced in their need for digital transformation and the ability to use technology to connect in new and groundbreaking ways,” Bellissimo said in a prepared statement. “There is a tremendous opportunity to leverage the robust Vonage portfolio with emerging cloud technologies and continued innovation to deliver the kind of customer experience that is changing the world.”

Bellissimo most recently was with IBM, as general manager of IBM U.S. Public and Federal Market, overseeing a multibillion-dollar portfolio in three industries: health care and life sciences, government and education, and defense and intelligence.

“I am delighted to welcome Jay to Vonage,” Read said in a prepared statement. “He is a recognized leader in business strategy and transformation, with demonstrated results in driving revenue and go-to-market execution.”