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Avaya announces leadership changes

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Basking Ridge, N.J., USA - June 3, 2010, Basking Ridge, N.J., USA - Avaya, a telecommunications company, announced that Joel Hackney has been appointed senior vice president of global sales and marketing and president of field operations, effective June 14.



Mr. Hackney, who is currently leading the Avaya Data and Government Solutions business units, will continue to drive the federal government business. Mr. Hackney joined Avaya in December 2009. Prior to Avaya, he held senior executive leadership positions with Nortel, where he was most recently president of Nortel's Enterprise Solutions business.

At Nortel, he had full accountability for driving Nortel's Enterprise strategy, growth and profitability globally. He was responsible for accelerating the momentum in Nortel's global Enterprise business, including industry leading partnerships with companies like Microsoft and IBM.

In his previous role with Nortel as senior vice president of Global Operations and Quality, Mr. Hackney was the key driver behind many of Nortel's operational and supply chain improvements, leading numerous initiatives across the company, including almost 200 Lean Six Sigma projects designed to improve customer and business results.

Mr. Hackney spent more than 14 years at General Electric in increasingly responsible global leadership roles, including GE Lighting (North America and Europe), GE Aircraft Engines, GE Power Systems, GE Capital, and GE Mergers and Acquisitions. As division general manager for GE Consumer and Industrial, based in Barcelona, Spain, he was responsible for the growth and profitability of the US$1 billion Global IEC Electrical Components and Systems Division, with 12 plants and more than 7,000 employees across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Mr. Hackney has a B.S. business administration degree from the University of North Carolina.

The data solutions organization will now report to Steve Bandrowczak, who becomes Vice President and General Manager, Avaya Data Solutions. Mr. Bandrowczak will serve as a member of the Avaya Executive Committee, reporting directly to Avaya President and CEO Kevin Kennedy. Previously, Mr. Bandrowczak served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Avaya Data Solutions. Prior to joining Avaya, he led the North American Enterprise Sales and Marketing team for Nortel and has also served as the CIO for leading companies such as Lenovo, DHL and Avnet.

In this role, Mr. Hackney replaces Todd Abbott. Mr. Abbott, who has led the work of transforming Avaya's go-to-market strategy over the last two years, has decided to step down to pursue other interests and will remain with Avaya during an appropriate transitional period.

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