BASKING RIDGE, NJ--(Marketwire - July 7, 2008) - Avaya Inc. today announced that Thomas Manley has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer.

Manley comes to Avaya from Cognos, an IBM company, where he was Chief Financial Officer and senior vice president, Administration. In this role, he was responsible for the company's finance, information technology, and human resources organizations.

Before joining Cognos, Manley held increasingly responsible general management and finance positions with Nortel Networks, including chief financial officer, High Performance Optical Component Solutions; senior vice president, finance, Service Provider and e-Business; and vice president, finance, Enterprise Systems.

"Tom Manley's deep financial and operational expertise, as well as his knowledge of the communications and software industries, makes him an excellent addition to Avaya's executive team," said Charles Giancarlo, CEO, Avaya. "He has a record of success in growing businesses and leading operationally excellent global teams. These will be invaluable assets as we continue to grow and diversify Avaya's business."

Manley graduated with distinction from Carleton University in Ottawa, with a bachelor's degree in engineering, and holds an M.B.A. from Queen's University in Ontario.

About Avaya

Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet protocol (IP) telephony systems and communications software applications and services.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications -- and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services -- Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya website:

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