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Avaya Names Thomas Lesica To Lead Company's Global InformationTechnology and Business Operations

07-08-2003

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of communicationsnetworks and services for businesses, today announced it has namedThomas A. Lesica group vice president, Global InformationTechnology and Business Operations, reporting to Don Peterson,chairman and CEO, Avaya.

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider ofcommunications networks and services for businesses, todayannounced it has named Thomas A. Lesica group vice president,Global Information Technology and Business Operations, reporting toDon Peterson, chairman and CEO, Avaya.

Lesica will be responsible for leading Avaya's Global BusinessOperations, which includes supply chain management, logistics,procurement, contract manufacturing, and customer care centers aswell as the Global Information Technology Organization.Additionally, Lesica will lead Avaya's enterprise businesstransformation initiative, which focuses on enhancing the company'sselling and service capabilities, while creating business valuethrough improvements in operating efficiency and productivity.

"Our information technology organization is at the core ofAvaya's business and vital to ensuring optimal efficiencies in ouroperations," said Don Peterson, chairman and CEO, Avaya. "Tombrings a wealth of experience and technology leadership skills toAvaya. He will help us drive additional enhancements to ourcustomer support systems, as well as to operations throughout thebusiness."

Most recently, Lesica was chief operations officer and chiefinformation officer at NewRoads, Inc., the leading business processoutsource provider of warehouse management, fulfillment, logistics,CRM and technology services.

Lesica has held positions of increasing responsibility at anumber of companies, including senior vice president and chiefinformation officer at J. Crew Inc. and chief information officer,Pepsi-Cola, where he was a member of Pepsi's executive operatingcouncil. He began his career at IBM.

A native of New York City, N.Y., Lesica is a member of GartnerInc.'s Total Value Opportunity Board and was a recipient ofRetailTech's Top 10 CIOs Award for 2000. He received a B.S. inBusiness Systems Analysis and Applications from Elmira College.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks formore than 1 million businesses worldwide, including 90 percent ofthe FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is aworld leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP)telephony systems and communications software applications andservices.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications withbusiness applications — and distinguished by comprehensiveworldwide services — Avaya helps customers leverage existing andnew networks to achieve superior business results. For moreinformation visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com

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