BASKING RIDGE, NJ--(Marketwire - May 24, 2010) -  Avaya, a global leader in enterprise communications systems, software and services, today announced the appointment of Stephen J. Gold as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

In his new role, Gold will be responsible for all aspects of Avaya's technology strategy, as well as driving IT excellence across Avaya business operations and systems globally. This includes identifying and prioritizing strategic IT initiatives to ensure Avaya remains at the forefront of technology while driving efficiencies across business functions.

Gold joins Avaya from GSI Commerce where he served as Executive Vice President, CIO and Corporate Chief Technology Officer, and was responsible for directing overall product and technology strategy for GSI's eCommerce business. Prior to joining GSI, Gold was Vice President and Divisional CIO for Merck & Company's US Human Health and Worldwide Vaccines divisions. Previously, Gold was Senior Vice President and CIO for Medco Health Solutions, and he has held other positions of increasing responsibility at Medco, Dun & Bradstreet and Sandoz Pharmaceuticals.

"Steve's deep expertise in IT and reputation for streamlining business structures will be a key asset in executing Avaya's mission to enable the future of real-time communications," said Jim Chirico, Chief Restructuring Officer and President, Operations, Avaya. "The role of Chief Information Officer is critical to making sure we have the very best resources to support our customers and partners."

Gold holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from St. John's University. He will be based in Basking Ridge and will report to Avaya Chief Restructuring Officer and President, Operations, Jim Chirico.

About Avaya
Avaya is a global leader in enterprise communications systems. The company provides unified communications, contact centers, data solutions, and related services directly and through its channel partners to leading businesses and organizations around the world. Enterprises of all sizes depend on Avaya for state-of-the-art communications that improve efficiency, collaboration, customer service and competitiveness. For more information please visit

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