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Laura Graves

Vice President, Investor Relations
Polycom

Biography

Laura Graves is Vice President of Investor Relations at Polycom, a global leader in unified communications and video conferencing solutions, where she is responsible for providing strategic and financial communications counsel to executive management and the Board of Directors. Since joining Polycom in July 2011, Graves has orchestrated targeting and turnover of the company's investor base to more accurately align corporate and shareholder profiles. She has also increased the quality of executive relationships with Wall Street to enhance corporate reputation and credibility. Graves regularly interacts with members of the Board on matters related in investor sentiment, governance, strategic M&A and executive compensation.

Previously, Graves was Head of Global Investor Relations at Cisco, a Fortune 100 company with sales of over $45 billion annually, where she led a global team of eight IR professionals. Cisco became a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) in 2009 during her tenure, replacing General Motors and becoming only the fifth technology company to ever be named to the DJIA.

Ms. Graves is widely recognized for developing thought leading processes for Wall Street engagement and outreach, and has pioneered the use of virtual meetings and social media for investor communications. Her efforts to promote transparency and credibility during the 2008-2009 global economic down turn earned multiple awards for Cisco on Wall Street, including Best Investor Relations Program, Best CEO, Best Corporate Governance and Most Shareholder Friendly Company from leading analyst firms.

Ms. Graves completes almost 20 years of communications experience with positions in the wireless, security and banking industries. She holds a bachelor's of science degree in business and an MBA from San Jose State University. Graves is an active member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and frequent guest speaker at NIRI events. She is a mother of two and devoted fan of college football and girls basketball.

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