Avaya Strengthens Leadership Team

Avaya announced the appointment of Sandra Devine to Vice President and head of Avaya Professional Services, and Todd Johnstone to Vice President, Global Sales Operations. Devine and Johnstone join Avaya as the company drives innovation within the organization and across the dynamic business collaboration and communications market.

As VP, Avaya Professional Services (APS), Sandra Devine will lead the APS organization. She will continue to strengthen Avaya’s solutions orientation and its commitment to meeting the multidimensional needs of its global customers. She will also mobilize her team to deliver Avaya’s full suite of next-generation solutions, focused on speed, quality and efficiency.

Devine comes to Avaya with nearly 30 years of experience in technology services, including systems integration and consulting, IP-based solutions, and outsourcing. Most recently, Devine served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the US Northeast Region at CGI. Prior to CGI, Devine served as Vice President of Strategic Sales for HP.

Todd Johnstone joins Avaya as VP, Global Sales Operations. Johnstone was most recently CEO of GE Energy — Industrial Solutions EMEA, a global business providing safe, smart and efficient solutions in more than 50 countries. Over the past 19 years at GE, Todd held multiple senior leadership positions including Sourcing General Manager for GE Lighting EMEA, Customer Service Leader EMEA and General Manager for GE Service EMEA.

Johnstone has extensive global experience in finance, sourcing, service and product management and is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He brings extensive, quality-driven operational experience to his new role at Avaya.

"Avaya has been steadily attracting experienced leaders and fresh talent from global, world class organizations," said Avaya President and CEO Kevin Kennedy. "I’m confident that Sandy and Todd will enhance our efforts to build strong professional services and sales teams around the world."

In addition to bringing strong management team members on board, Avaya continues to execute its business and technology strategy. Recent efforts include:

  • Earlier this year, Avaya aligned leadership around its vision of innovative customer-centric solutions. The three appointed leaders — Gary Barnett, Marc Randall and Brett Shockley — are all industry veterans, domain experts and former CEOs. They are fully aligned to support Avaya’s commitment to bringing The Power of We(TM) to every Avaya customer, to help drive faster collaboration, smarter decisions and better business results.
  • In March, Avaya announced an agreement to acquire RADVISION, which is expected to bring a fresh influx of talented leaders experienced in unified communications and video collaboration.
  • Also in March, Avaya unveiled its strategic cloud framework, the Avaya Collaborative Cloud, along with a new cloud offering, Avaya Live Connect.
  • In January, Avaya announced the availability of the Avaya Flare(R) Communicator for iPad tablets, taking Avaya’s unmatched user experience to a broader market.
 [May 9, 2012]

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