March 10, 2020 Linnea Jungnelius

TEG Recruits SVP of Sales for Leading Communications Player NetFortris

NEW YORK (MAR. 10, 2020) — TEG, the technology-focused search firm making high-impact hires, has recruited Tessley Smith as senior vice president of sales for NetFortris, a leader in secure cloud-based communication solutions.

Smith will be a driving force for NetFortris as the company seeks to grow rapidly and deliver an advanced portfolio of technology applications for enterprise and midsize customers around the world. NetFortris already boasts more than 11,000 customers, and this number will only increase as the demand for cloud communications continues to grow. In fact, the market is expected to reach $5.6 billion by 2023.

“We are excited to welcome Tessley to NetFortris and tap his expertise to meet growing needs for secure, reliable communications solutions,” said Gene Carr, co-CEO of NetFortris. “He’s the ideal leader to drive our strategic channel sales, bringing a wealth of telecom knowledge and experience scaling sales teams. TEG did an outstanding job surfacing Tessley amongst a high-quality slate of candidates. They know the telecom space intimately and understood exactly what we needed.”

As SVP of sales, Smith will set the vision for the sales organization and drive all strategic channel sales efforts nationally. Expanding and developing NetFortris’ industry-best sales team to overachieve against expectations and continue the company’s dramatic growth will be an integral responsibility of the role. He will also work to further NetFortris’ enthusiastic culture of innovation, outstanding service, high engagement, and winning.

Smith is a dynamic sales executive with more than two decades of experience in sales leadership, territory expansion, and the technology sector. As an impressive stint as vice president of channel sales at Broadvoice for the past five and a half years, he more than quadrupled revenues and stood up its channel team. He also has served in leadership roles at Nitel, Birch Communications, and American Fiber Network. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Ottawa University in Kansas.

Smith was identified through a rigorous executive search process led by Sarah McCullough, partner at TEG.

“Smith is a strategic thinker with an impressive track record of success in scaling organizations,” McCullough said. “He will be a key driver of NetFortris’ continued growth.”

Smith is just one of the many recent placements TEG has made for innovative, technology-focused companies. TEG is at the forefront of recruitment for the telecommunications sector, placing the sharpest minds in companies specializing in cloud service, fiber networks, hardware and electronics, and more.

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About TEG

TEG is a technology-focused retained search firm and talent solutions consultancy. Our firm specializes in discovering, vetting, and attracting top talent to our clients’ organizations across the technology, telecommunications, professional services, private equity, and healthcare IT industries. With every placement, we work with our clients to mobilize people into significant drivers of business performance and enterprise value.

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