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Avaya CEO Nominated to National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee

December 20, 2010

Avaya’s Kevin J. Kennedy has been nominated by the White House to be a member of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, according to a company statement.

Kennedy is the president and chief executive officer of Avaya Inc., a provider of business communications apps, systems and services.

The advisory committee provides technical information and policy advice to assist the president and other officials. It is chaired by James Q. Crowe, chief executive officer, Level 3 Communications.

Kennedy was one of several appointments announced by the White House this week.

President Barack Obama praised the nominees and their backgrounds.

"These talented individuals bring a wealth of experience to their new roles,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “I am confident they will serve the American people well, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."

Prior to Avaya, where he started in January 2009, Kennedy was president and CEO of JDS Uniphase Corporation (JDSU). He was also a member of JDSU’s board of directors.

From 2001 to 2003, Kennedy was COO of Openwave Systems, Inc. and he also was at Cisco Systems, Inc. for about eight years, most recently as senior vice president of the Service Provider Line of Business and Software Technologies Division.

Earlier in his career, he spent 17 years with AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Kennedy was a member of the Board of Directors of Polycom, Inc., currently is on the Board of Directors of KLA-Tencor Corporation and is a member of the Board of Regents of Loyola Marymount University.

Kennedy has a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in engineering from Rutgers University, as well as a B.S. in engineering from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

In 2006, Kennedy was honored by the School of Engineering at Rutgers as their Alumnus of the Year, and was awarded an Alumni Medal of Excellence.

In addition, he is a co-author of "Going the Distance: Why Some Companies Dominate and Others Fail," published in 2003.

Avaya is an enterprise communications systems company, according to unified communications. The company provides unified communications (UC), contact centers, and related services through direct sales and through channel partners, according to unified communications. Its customers include small and large businesses.

Ed Silverstein is a unified communications contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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