Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy

President & Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Kennedy is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Avaya Inc., a global provider of next-generation business collaboration and communications software and services, providing unified communications, real-time video collaboration, contact center, networking and related services to companies of all sizes around the world.

Dr. Kennedy currently serves U.S. President Barack Obama as a member of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. In 1987, he was a Congressional Fellow to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

In the field of education, Dr. Kennedy was honored by the School of Engineering at Rutgers as their Alumnus of the Year and awarded an Alumni Medal of Excellence in 2006.

He is the author of Devil in the Details, published in 2012, and a co-author of Going the Distance: Why Some Companies Dominate and Others Fail, published in 2003.  He has published more than 30 papers on computational methods, data networking and issues of technology management.


Dr. Kennedy holds two patents, one for the Induced Flow Heat Exchanger and the other patent for Flexible Security Requirements in an Enterprise Network.

Dr. Kennedy currently serves on the board of directors of Avaya, KLA-Tencor Corporation, Digital Realty Trust, L.P. and the Canary Foundation.

Prior to joining the Avaya in December 2008, Dr. Kennedy was president and CEO at JDS Uniphase Corporation for six years, Chief Operating Officer at Openwave Systems, Inc., for two years and held various executive positions at Cisco Systems for eight years - most recently for the Service Provider Line of Business and Software Technologies Division. Earlier in his career, he spent seventeen years with AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Kennedy holds a B.S. in engineering from Lehigh University as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from Rutgers University where he served as an adjunct professor from 1982-1984.