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January 23, 2012

AVAYA News - Avaya Worldwide Channel VP Jeremy Butt Steps Down

By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor

On the heels of re-organization in top management of the company, MicroScope has learned that global business communications and collaboration systems and services provider Avaya’s worldwide channel vice president Jeremy Butt will step down from his role in March. Butt came to Avaya in 2008, after five years at Motorola (News - Alert).

According to MicroScope, Butt moved to Avaya in the midst of a transitional phase at Avaya. In a little over three years at Avaya, he has helped the company to adopt a more channel-friendly model, while being tough on the grey markets. As per the report, Butt’s tenure was dominated by the integration of Nortel enterprise business, following its acquisition in 2009.

Avaya (News - Alert) said “his departure was part of the firm's "natural evolution" and was not reflective of any gaps in personal or channel performance. Jeremy is ready to take on a new challenge outside of Avaya and we wish him the very best in his endeavours," a spokesperson said, wrote MicroScope reporter Alex Scroxton. 

Meanwhile, the company said that its Go To Market (GTM) program, launched in 2009 by Butt, will continue to focus on a strategy crafted by the outgoing channel executive. “It is a driver in the overall transformation of the company," said Avaya, wrote Scroxton. The company said that Butt’s position will not be filled by a similar expert; instead, the role will be extended to SVP and president of GTM, Tom Mitchell, to manage the channel going forward, according to Scroxton’s report.

The MicroScope report indicates that a number of top executives, both in the U.K. and other countries, have recently left the company. Last year, Avaya lost U.K. managing director Lee Shorten, and this year, it has already said good-bye to U.K. channel boss Niall Anderson.

Recently, Marc Randall joined Avaya as senior vice president and general manager for Avaya Networking. Most recently, Randall served as vice president and general manager of Cisco Systems' Scalable Network Business Unit. He has also held positions as president and CEO for Force10 Networks (News - Alert) and senior vice president of Brocade Communications. Likewise, last April, Gary Barnett joined the executive staff to lead Avaya Collaboration Infrastructure as senior vice president and general manager. Prior to Avaya, Barnett held positions as CEO for Prospect Software and president and CEO for Aspect Communications.

While Brett Shockley (News - Alert) will take on responsibility for Avaya Applications including the Contact Center and Unified Communications portfolios, Alan Baratz becomes senior vice president for corporate development and strategy, with related responsibilities for mergers, acquisitions and alliances.

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Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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