SOURCE: Avaya Inc.

Avaya Inc.

December 07, 2011 08:30 ET

Avaya Appoints Gary B. Smith to Board of Directors

BASKING RIDGE, NJ--(Marketwire - Dec 7, 2011) - Avaya, a global provider of business communications and collaboration systems and services, today announced the appointment of Gary B. Smith to the Avaya Board of Directors. Mr. Smith is Avaya's first non-affiliated Director since the Company became privately held in 2007.

Smith is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Ciena Corporation, the network specialist and a global leader in next-generation telecommunications infrastructure. Mr. Smith joined Ciena in 1997 to launch its international business, and led Worldwide Sales before becoming Chief Operating Officer in 1999 and CEO in 2001. Prior to Ciena, Smith served as Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Intelsat and held senior marketing roles at Cray Communications Group.

"Gary's proven leadership and expertise in the technology and communications industries make him an excellent addition to the Avaya Board," said Kevin Kennedy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Avaya. "His appointment is evidence of Avaya's commitment to have the best resources supporting our vision for leadership in business communications and collaboration."

In 2011, Smith was appointed to the United States' National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) and serves as the Lead Outside Director of Commvault Corporation. He is also a Commissioner of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission; a member and former Board Member of the American Electronics Association (now TechAmerica); and a Broadband Ambassador to the Internet Innovation Alliance.

He received his M.B.A. from Ashridge Management College, United Kingdom.

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