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Avaya brings Bayer on board in EMEA

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 8 July 2008

Business communications outfit Avaya has appointed Michael Bayer as president of the vendor’s field operation in EMEA. In his new post Bayer will lead the region’s sales and operations and will work with customers to deliver Avaya solutions across EMEA. Bayer joins Avaya from Motorola, where he was VP and general manager for Motorola EMEA’s enterprise and mobility business, and a member of Motorola’s global steering committee for country management.

“Avaya is a dynamic entity, swiftly aligning its products, services, and customer focus to truly transform communications in EMEA,” said Bayer. “I’ve watched Avaya leading the charge on critical areas for both enterprise and small business success, including unified communications, IPT and contact centre advances, and converged communications and I am looking forward to leading the charge for Avaya EMEA as we deliver leading communications products and services to our customers.”

Todd Abbott, senior VP and president of field operations at Avaya, said: “Michael brings a solid reputation for success in both partner and competitive companies, and his strong track record in providing leadership will be an asset to the global sales organisation as Avaya continues to increase its presence and value to our growing customer base.”

“We are pleased to bring a leader of Michael’s calibre on board to help continue the growth in the EMEA region,” he added.

While at Motorola, Bayer helped grow key enterprise and mobility application segments, and worked to foster new partnerships and solid customer relationships for the high-revenue, high-growth unit. Prior to working at Motorola, Bayer was general manager and area vice-president for several European regions at Symbol Technologies, which was acquired by Motorola in 2007. Bayer also has served in multiple leadership roles at Cisco Systems and T-Mobile.

CE ANALYSIS: Avaya is getting an appetite to recruiting senior executives from Motorola. The company recently brought on board Jeremy Butt to head up worldwide channels. Butt also joined from Motorola, where he served as VP of worldwide channels for Motorola’s enterprise mobility business.

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