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Avaya CEO Nominated to President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee

December 21, 2010

Avaya president and CEO Kevin Kennedy has been nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).

The NSTAC, made up of 30 industry chief executives from major telecommunications companies, network service providers, information technology, finance and aerospace companies, provides advice on meeting critical national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) needs and challenges. The NSTAC’s goal is “to develop recommendations to the President to assure vital telecommunications links through any event or crisis, and to help the U.S. government maintain a reliable, secure, and resilient national communications posture.”

In recent years, the government, with the support of the NSTAC, addressed new NS/EP challenges caused by several primary factors: the convergence of traditional and broadband networks; the changing global threat environment; and the continuing global expansion of both provider and user communities.

Along with the Avaya CEO’s appointment to the NSTAC, President Obama also announced that he is nominating James X. Dempsey to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

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

The Avaya CEO is in fine company on the NSTAC. He joins current members including Level 3 Communications CEO James Q. Crowe, who is NSTAC chairman, and Maggie Wilderotter, chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications, serving as vice chairman.

Also on the NSTAC are:

James F. Albaugh, president and CEO, BIDS, The Boeing Company

Gregory Q. Brown, president and COO, Motorola

Daniel J. Carroll Jr., Telcordia Technologies member, board of directors

Ken Dalhberg, chairman and CEO, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Marc Gordon, CTO, Bank of America

Arthur E. Johnson, senior vice president of Strategic Development, Lockheed Martin

Clayton M. Jones, chairman, president and CEO, Rockwell Collins, Inc., Rockwell International

Kevin R. Johnson, CEO, Juniper Networks

Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and CEO, Harris Corporation

Mike W. Laphen, chairman, president and CEO, CSC

Tom Lynch, CEO, Tyco Electronics

Craig O. McCaw, chairman, Teledesic

Walter B. McCormick Jr. president and CEO,United States Telecom Association

Kyle E. McSlarrow, president and CEO, National Cable and Telecommunications

Association (NCTA)

Edward A. Mueller, chairman and CEO, Qwest

Craig T. Mundie, chief research and strategy officer, Microsoft

William A. Roper Jr., former president and CEO, VeriSign

Ivan G. Seidenberg, chairman and CEO, Verizon

John T. Stankey, president and CEO, AT&T Operations

William H. Swanson, chairman and CEO, Raytheon Company

Kay Sears, president, Intelsat General

Also making for interesting company for Avaya CEO Kennedy on the NSTAC is former Nortel CEO Mike Zafirovski, who is now a senior executive communications consultant. He had been appointed to the committee by former President George W. Bush in 2007 while serving as Nortel’s boss. Avaya acquired onetime rival and suitor Nortel’s NES division when the Canadian-headquartered firm went bankrupt and was dismembered in 2009.

“Avaya has a long history of service in the interests of national security and emergency preparedness,” says Kennedy. “It is an honor to participate on this important committee.”

Brendan B. Read is unified communications’s Senior Contributing Editor. To read more of Brendan’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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