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Avaya Appoints Omar Kezouit as Vice President, IBM Strategic Alliance, EMEA

09-13-2004
  • Avaya increases focus on developing relations with strategic alliance partners in Europe, Middle East and Africa

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications software, systems and services, today announced the appointment of Omar Kezouit as Vice President, IBM Strategic Alliance for Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV), a leading global provider of business communications software, systems and services, today announced the appointment of Omar Kezouit as Vice President, IBM Strategic Alliance for Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

In his new role, Kezouit is responsible for expanding Avaya's relationship with IBM in the fast growing markets of Enterprise IP telephony and IP Contact Centres. He reports to Buddie Ceronie, Avaya vice president, Channel and Partners for EMEA and is based out of Avaya's Paris office.

A French national, Kezouit brings over 20 years of experience in the ICT market to Avaya, both from a technological and business management perspective. He first began his career in 1983 as a computer scientist at INRIA, the leading computing science research lab in France. He then moved to the R&D department of France Telecom.

In 1989, Kezouit joined Oracle Corp. where he held a number of positions during his tenure there. In his last role at Oracle, he was responsible for the development of global alliances in EMEA, which included a partnership with IBM. Following that in 1998, he joined Remedy Corp to manage sales in Southern Europe with the mission of growing Remedy's revenue in Italy and building the partner network. After setting up Remedy's Italian subsidiary in 2000, he moved to the company's headquarters in the US, where he held responsibility for Remedy's strategic alliances at a global level. Kezouit moved back to France In 2002, when he moved to Optio Software as director of Business Development for Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Commenting on his new role with Avaya, Omar Kezouit said, "I am delighted to join Avaya. The strength and flexibility of Avaya business communications solutions combined with the integration skills of IBM create great value and opportunity for our customers in a mission critical market like IP telephony. This strategic alliance provides large enterprises with a unique possibility to move to IP communications in a phased and tailored manner."

Omar Kezouit holds a PhD in Computing Science from the University of Paris-Orsay.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP) telephony systems and communications software applications and services.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications - and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services - Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com

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