Norman Rice is the Chief Marketing, Development and Product Operations Officer of Extreme Networks. Norman leads the company’s product and portfolio operations, global supply chain management and operations, global marketing and communications and corporate M&A and business partnerships. In this capacity, he is responsible for the direction and development of Extreme Networks’ products and leads the company’s field, channel and corporate marketing as well as investor and analyst relations.
Norman has a proven track record of creating shareholder value with development and execution of profitable growth strategies. Notably, as a member of the executive team, under his direction, Extreme Networks completed the acquisitions of the Zebra Technologies’ WLAN business, Avaya’s networking business and Brocade’s data center, routing and switching business. With the close of these acquisitions, Extreme is on track to exceed $1 billion in revenue, making it the largest enterprise networking vendor in the industry, delivering solutions from the data center to the wireless edge. Norman is also the Executive Sponsor for Extreme’s hospitality vertical and the company’s partnership with the National Football League. Under Norman’s leadership, Extreme has been named the Official Wi-Fi Analytics Provider for the Super Bowl for five consecutive years.
Prior to his role at Extreme Networks, Norman worked in private equity as an operating partner with Marlin Equity, a managing director with New Castle Capital Group and held several management roles at various technology firms, including CA, Concord Communications (acquired by CA), Aprisma Management Technologies (acquired by Concord), HoustonStreet Exchange and MicroStrategy. Norman was also a member of the Board of Directors at DSP Group and NitroSecurity (acquired by McAfee). He was also on the Advisory Board at vKernel (acquired by Quest Software).
Norman holds two master’s degrees from Dartmouth College in management and engineering, where he was a Scoville Fellow and Woodhouse Scholar Award winner. Norman earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Norman Rice and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.
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