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Avaya Appoints US Telecom Advisor to Board

Avaya announced today that Gary B. Smith has joined the company’s board of directors. Smith is the first non-affiliated director since the company became privately held in 2007.

Smith currently serves as president and CEO of Ciena Corporation, which he joined in 1997 to help launch its international business.

Prior to joining Ciena, Smith held the position as vice president for sales and marketing at Intelsat. Before that, he also held various senior marketing roles at the 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 CEO, Avaya.

Smith was appointed to the U.S.’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee in 2011, and also serves as the lead outside director of the Commvault Corporation.

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