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


Mr. Watkins joined and became Chair of the Board when Avaya Holdings Company emerged from Bankruptcy on December 15, 2017. 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 a Board Member at Seagate Technology, a publicly-traded 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: FLEX LTD., an electronics design manufacturer, since April 2009; and Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., a manufacturer of linear and mixed-signal integrated circuits, since August 2008. In January 2019, Mr. Watkins joined the Board of Directors as Chairman at Bright Machines, Inc., a privately-held software design manufacturing company. Mr. Watkins previously served as a Board Member at Seagate Technology from 2000 until 2009. He was a Non-Executive Director at MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. from 2002 until 2004.

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


Mr. Chirico has been our President and CEO since October 1, 2017 and a member of our Board since December 15, 2017. 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, 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.

Stephan Scholl, Director


Mr. Scholl joined our Board on December 15, 2017. Mr. Scholl is currently Chief Executive Officer of Alight Solutions, a leading provider of integrated benefits, payroll and cloud solutions, a position he has held since April 13, 2020. Prior to that, from April 2012 to July 11, 2018, he served as President of Infor, Inc., a privately-held provider of enterprise software products and services. Previously, from 2011 until 2012, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lawson Software, Inc. He helped merge Lawson into Infor in 2012. He joined Infor in 2010 as Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Consulting. Earlier, Mr. Scholl held various leadership roles at Oracle Corporation, including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Tax and Utilities Business and before that as Senior Vice President of the North America Consulting business. He joined Oracle in 2005 with the company’s acquisition of PeopleSoft. Mr. Scholl currently sits on the boards of EG Software and 1010 Data and in the past, he has served as an advisor to several private equity firms.

Susan L. Spradley, Director


Ms. Spradley joined our Board on December 15, 2017. 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. Ms. Spradley is also 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 was a partner in the Tap Growth Group, a senior executive consulting firm focused on helping new ventures and Fortune 500 companies drive growth from August 2017 until June 2019. In addition, she served in senior executive roles at Viavi Solutions (formerly JDSU), a publicly-traded provider of strategic network solutions. 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 two public company boards: Qorvo, a global provider of RF systems and semiconductor technologies, a position she has held since January 2017, and NetScout Systems, Inc., a leading provider of service assurance, security and business analytics, a position she has held since April 2018. Additionally, from 2012 through January 2020, Ms. Spradley served as Chairman of the board of directors of US Ignite, a non-profit organization, and from October 2011 until November 2012, she served on the board of directors of EXFO Inc.

Stanley J. Sutula III, Director


Mr. Sutula joined our Board on December 15, 2017. Mr. Sutula is currently an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pitney Bowes Inc., a global technology company that provides commerce solutions in the areas of ecommerce, shipping, mailing and data, and has served in this capacity since February 2017. From January 2015 to January 2017, he was Vice President and Controller of International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), a global company that creates value for clients through integrated solutions and products that leverage data, information technology, deep expertise in industries and business processes, and a broad ecosystem of partners and alliances. From January 2014 to January 2015, he served as Vice President and Treasurer of IBM and from May 2008 to January 2014 he served as Vice President - Finance and Planning (Chief Financial Officer) of IBM’s Global Technology Services business. From 1988 to 2008, he held a number of positions at IBM including several leadership positions in the United States and Europe.

Scott D. Vogel, Director


Mr. Vogel joined our Board on the Emergence Date. Mr. Vogel is currently 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 has served on numerous boards during his career, including the board of Arch Coal, Inc. from October 2016 until May 2019 and Key Energy Services, Inc. from December 2016 until April 2019. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors of the following public companies: Contura Energy, Inc. since December 2019, Seadrill Ltd. since July 2018 and Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. since April 2017. Mr. Vogel is a member of the Olin Alumni Board of Washington University and a member of the Advisory Board of Grameen America.

Jacqueline “Jackie” E. Yeaney, Director


Ms. Yeaney joined our Board on March 18, 2019. Ms. Yeaney is Executive Vice President, Marketing of Tableau Software, a privately-held self-service analytics platform, a position she has held since July 30, 2019. Prior to that Ms. Yeaney was the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Ellucian, a privately-held provider of software and services for higher education management, from January 2017 until April 1, 2019. She served as the Executive Vice President, Strategy and Marketing of Red Hat, Inc., a publicly-traded provider of open source software solutions, from 2011 to 2016 after serving as a consultant to Red Hat in 2008. Prior to that she served as the chief marketing officer at Premiere Global Services, Inc., EarthLink, Inc. and HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation. Ms. Yeaney was also a Captain in the U.S. Air Force where she held the highest level security clearance. Previously Ms. Yeaney served as a Non-Executive Director at Promethean World Limited from 2014 to 2015.


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