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Board of Directors

William “Bill” D. Watkins, Chair of the Board of Directors

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Mr. Watkins joined our board of directors and became Chair of the board of directors on the Emergence Date. Mr. Watkins was most recently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Imergy Power Systems, a privately-held energy storage solutions company, from January 2015 and September 2013, respectively, until August 2016. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Board at Bridgelux, Inc., from February 2013 to December 2013 and as its Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to February 2013. Prior to that, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member at Seagate Technology PLC, a publicly-traded (NASDAQ: STX) provider of electronic data storage technologies and systems, from 2004 until 2009, and before that he was Seagate’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He joined Seagate in 1996 with the company’s acquisition of Conner Peripherals. Mr. Watkins currently sits on two public company boards: since April 2009, Flex Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX), a $23.8 billion in annual revenues in fiscal 2017 electronics design manufacturer; and since August 2008, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM), a $2.2 billion in annual revenues in fiscal 2017 manufacturer of linear and mixed-signal integrated circuits. Mr. Watkins previously served as a member of the board of directors at Seagate Technology from 2000 until 2009. He was a Non-Executive Director at MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (NYSE: WFR) from 2002 until 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas in 1976. Mr. Watkins’ experience in the technology industry, his operational and management experience, his experience as an executive officer of other companies, including as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Operating Officer, his experience serving on the boards of directors of two public companies and their respective audit committees and his expertise and familiarity with financial statements, as well as his independence from the Company and his selection by holders of more than 50% of the Company’s first lien debt, led to the conclusion that he should serve as a director of our Company.

James M. Chirico, Jr., Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

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Mr. Chirico has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since October 1, 2017 and a Director since the Emergence Date. Prior to that, from September 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017, he served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was also named Head of Global Sales in November 2016. Previously he served as our Executive Vice President, Business Operations and Chief Restructuring Officer from June 14, 2010 through August 31, 2016. He served as President, Operations from January 2008 until June 14, 2010 and was appointed Chief Restructuring Officer on February 3, 2009. Prior to joining Avaya, from February 1998 to November 2007, Mr. Chirico held various senior management positions at Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ: STX), a designer, manufacturer and marketer of hard disc drives, including Executive Vice President, Global Disc Storage Operations, from February 2006 until November 2007, and Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia Operations, from September 2000 to February 2006. In addition, Mr. Chirico served on the Board of Directors of Caraustar Industries, Inc., an integrated manufacturer of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products, from 2009 until 2013. Mr. Chirico was selected to serve as a director in light of his role as Chief Executive Officer, the management perspective he brings to board deliberations and his extensive management experience.

Stephan Scholl, Director

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Mr. Scholl joined our board of directors on the Emergence Date. Mr. Scholl is currently President at Infor, Inc., a privately-held provider of enterprise software products and services with $2.8 billion in annual revenues in fiscal 2017, a position he has held since 2012. Previously, from 2011 until 2012, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lawson Software. He helped merge Lawson into Infor in 2012. He joined Infor in 2010 as Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Consulting. Before that, Mr. Scholl held various leadership roles at Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL) including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Tax and Utilities Business after serving as Senior Vice President of the North America Consulting business. He joined Oracle in 2005 with the company’s acquisition of PeopleSoft. He earned a Bachelor degree in Education from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in 1993. Mr. Scholl’s experience in software and services, including with a cloud business, his service as an executive officer of other companies, including as President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as his independence from the Company and his selection by holders of more than 50% of the Company’s first lien debt, led to the conclusion that he should serve as a director of our Company.

Susan L. Spradley, Director

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Ms. Spradley joined our board of directors on the Emergence Date. Ms. Spradley is Chief Executive Officer of Motion Intelligence, Inc., a SaaS company specializing in mobile device location and identification services, a position she has held since December 2017. She is also a partner in the Tap Growth Group, a senior executive consulting firm focused on helping new ventures and Fortune 500 companies drive growth, a position she has held since August 2017. In addition, Ms. Spradley is the principal of Spradley Consulting LLC, a consulting firm that she founded in February 2017 that offers management consulting and leadership and talent coaching. Previously, she served in senior executive roles at Viavi Solutions (formerly JDSU), a publicly-traded provider of strategic network solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) with $906 million in fiscal 2016. She was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Product Line Management and Design from 2015 to January 2017, and before that she was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Communications Test & Measurement Business Unit from 2013 to 2015. From April 2011 to December 2012, Ms. Spradley was the CEO/Executive Director of US Ignite, a White House and National Science Foundation initiative focused on applications for smart city implementation. Prior to serving at US Ignite, Ms. Spradley was President of the North America region at Nokia Siemens Networks and an Executive Board Member. She served in a variety of roles at Nortel before her work at Nokia Siemens Networks, most recently as President of Global Services. Ms. Spradley currently sits on the boards of Qorvo, (NASDAQ: QRVO), a $3 billion in annual revenues in fiscal 2017 global provider of RF systems and semiconductor technologies, a position she has held since January 2017, and NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTCT), a $1 billion in annual revenues in fiscal 2017 leading provider of service assurance, security and business analytics, a position she has held since April 2018. Additionally, since 2012 Ms. Spradley has served as Chairman of the board of directors of US Ignite. From October 2011 until November 2012, she served on the board of directors of EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO; TSX: EXF). She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 1983 and the Advanced Management Program from the Harvard Business School in 2000. Ms. Spradley’s experience in the wireless telecommunications industry, including broad operating experience in sales, product portfolio management, and research and development for multiple global communications-related companies, her extensive public company executive leadership experience, as well as her independence from the Company and her selection by holders of more than 50% of the Company’s first lien debt, led to the conclusion that she should serve as a director of our Company.

Stanley J. Sutula III, Director

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Mr. Sutula joined our board of directors on the Emergence Date. Mr. Sutula is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pitney Bowes Inc., a publicly-traded (NYSE: PBI) $3.4 billion in annual revenues in fiscal 2016 business-to-business provider of equipment, software and services, a position he has held since February 2017. From January 2015 to January 2017, he was Vice President and Controller at IBM (NYSE: IBM), was IBM’s Vice President and Treasurer from January 2014 until January 2015 and from May 2008 to January 2014, he served as Vice President of Finance and Planning for IBM’s approximately $38 billion Global Technology Services business. Before that, he served as Vice President of Finance and Planning for IBM’s Americas Geography. Mr. Sutula joined IBM in 1988. Mr. Sutula earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University in 1988 and a MBA from Fordham University in 1995. Mr. Sutula’s experience in senior finance positions, including as Chief Financial Officer and Controller, and his experience with software and global management, as well as his independence from the Company and his selection by holders of more than 50% of the Company’s first lien debt, led to the conclusion that he should serve as a director of our Company.

Scott D. Vogel, Director

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Mr. Vogel joined our board of directors on the Emergence Date. Mr. Vogel is currently serving as a Managing Member of Vogel Partners LLC, a private investment firm and has served in that capacity since July 2016. From 2002 through July 2016, he was a Managing Director at Davidson Kempner Capital Management, L.L.C., investing in distressed debt securities. From 1999 to 2001, he worked at MFP Investors, L.L.C. investing in special situations and turnaround opportunities. Prior to MFP Investors, he was an investment banker at Chase Securities. Mr. Vogel serves on the Board of Directors of the following public companies: Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. since April 2017, Key Energy Services, Inc. since December 2016 and Arch Coal, Inc. since October 2016. He previously served on numerous boards of directors and ad hoc creditor and equity committees throughout his career. Mr. Vogel is a member of the Olin Alumni Board of Washington University and a member of the Advisory Board of Grameen America. Mr. Vogel earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University in 1997 and a MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Mr. Vogel’s mix of experience with executive management oversight, finance and capital markets, human resources and compensation and strategic planning, as well as his selection by holders of more than 50% of the Company’s first lien debt, led to the conclusion that he should serve as a director of our Company.

Committees

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Contact the Board

Avaya’s Business Ethics Hotline

Our Board and management consider corporate governance, corporate responsibility and investor relations matters affecting our stakeholders of great importance. If you believe there have been any potential violations of Avaya’s policies, including complaints or allegations relating to accounting, internal controls or auditing matters, you may confidentially or anonymously call Avaya’s Business Ethics Hotline at:
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How can I contact Avaya’s Board of Directors?

Shareholders may contact the Board about corporate governance or matters related to the Board. Communications about these topics will be received and processed by management before being forwarded to the Board, a committee of the Board, or a director as designated in your message. Communications relating to other topics, including those that are primarily commercial in nature, will not be forwarded. If you would like to contact Avaya's Board of Directors, including a committee of the Board of Directors, you can send an email to bdofdirectors@avaya.com or write to the following address:

Avaya, Board of Directors
Attention:  Corporate Secretary
4655 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Where can I find out more about Avaya’s Corporate Responsibility?

At Avaya, we recognize that we have a unique opportunity to have positive social, environmental and economic impact through our employees, customers, solutions and services and suppliers. We call this our Corporate Responsibility.

To learn more about Avaya’s Corporate Responsibility go to Corporate Responsibility.