Kevin J. Kennedy

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Kevin J. Kennedy (born 1955) is an American business executive. He has been president and CEO of Avaya Inc. since January 2009.[1][2]

Kennedy holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and an MS and a PhD in engineering from Rutgers University and an EMBA from the University of Michigan.[1] Before joining the company, he was CEO of JDS Uniphase Corporation, and prior to that he had worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Cisco Systems[3] where he became a Senior Vice President, and then as Chief Operating Officer of Openwave Systems.[4] During his career he has been elected to the Board of Directors of the following companies/organizations; Agility Communications, Canary Foundation,[5] Freescale Semiconductor, JDS Uniphase, KLA-Tencor,[6] Openwave,[7] Polycom,[8] Quantum Corporation, Rambus[9] Synchron Networks.[10]

In 1987, he was a congressional fellow at United States House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and in 2010 President Barack Obama appointed him to the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.[11]

From 1982 to 1984, Kennedy was an adjunct professor at Rutgers where he published papers on computational methods, data networking, and issues of technology management.[12]

Kennedy is the author of "Devil in the Details: The Practice of Situational Leadership".[13]

Kennedy is the coauthor of Going the Distance: Why Some Companies Dominate and Others Fail.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Kevin Kennedy to Join Avaya Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer". Avaya. October 30, 2008. Retrieved 20 Aug 2011. 
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  3. ^ Duffy, Jim. "Shakeup at Cisco". Network World Fusion. Retrieved 21 Aug 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cisco redux?". Network World. September 3, 2001. 
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". Canary Foundation. Retrieved 21 Aug 2011. 
  6. ^ "KLA-Tencor Elects Kevin Kennedy, John Dickson to Its Board of Directors". KLA-Tencor. Retrieved 21 Aug 2011. 
  7. ^ "Openwave Strengthens Board With New Appointments". PR Newswire. October 15, 2002. Retrieved 21 Aug 2011. 
  8. ^ "Polycom Appoints Kevin Kennedy To Board Of Directors". Polycom. Retrieved 21 Aug 2011. 
  9. ^ "Rambus Elects Kevin Kennedy to Its Board of Directors". Rambus. April 8, 2003. Retrieved 21 Aug 2011. 
  10. ^ "Kevin Kennedy Has Joined Synchron Board Of Directors". Synchron Networks Inc. 25 March 2002. Retrieved 10 Feb 2012. 
  11. ^ "Obama to appoint Kevin J. Kennedy as a Member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee". Telecom News. December 17, 2010. Retrieved 21 Aug 2011. 
  12. ^ "Kevin J. Kennedy (CEO) Avaya Inc.". Technames (Executive Search Research). Retrieved 20 Aug 2011. 
  13. ^ Kennedy, Kevin (June 2012). Devil in the Details: The Practice of Situational Leadership. iUniverse. p. 127. ISBN 978-1-4759-2014-7. 
  14. ^ Kennedy, Kevin; Moore, Mary (April 6, 2003). Going the Distance: Why Some Companies Dominate and Others Fail. FT Press. p. 288. ISBN 978-0-13-046120-9. 

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Business positions
Preceded by
Charles Giancarlo
President & CEO

Succeeded by