BASKING RIDGE, NJ--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - Avaya Inc. today announced the appointment of Todd Abbott to lead its global sales and field marketing organizations. Abbott was named senior vice president and president, Field Operations.

Abbott joins Avaya from Seagate Technology, where he was executive vice president, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.

Prior to joining Seagate, he was senior vice president, World Wide Sales and Marketing for Symbol Technologies. Abbot also held positions of increasing responsibility at Cisco Systems, Inc., including group vice president, Service Providers in Europe, vice president of South Asia, and sales leadership roles in the U.S. financial services sector.

"Todd Abbott brings to Avaya a proven reputation for leading highly successful sales organizations," said Lou D'Ambrosio, president and CEO, Avaya. "His passion for customers and knowledge of our Industry and Partners will be strong assets in accelerating our leadership in delivering world class communication solutions for customer value."

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