Avaya Announces New Partner Organization Leadership

05 Oct 2015
  • Steve Biondi will head newly created position as vice president, Global Partner Organization
  • Will oversee all relationships with Avaya channel partners, distributors and SI/SPs 
  • Expects to grow partner ecosystem to reach more customers with cloud, hybrid and premises-based business communications solutions that increase customer and team engagement 
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Oct. 5, 2015 – Avaya, a global leader in business communications software, systems and services, today announced new leadership in its Global Partner Organization. Steve Biondi has assumed a newly created position as vice president, Global Partner Organization. 
 
Biondi will be responsible for enhancing the Avaya partner engagement model and driving growth through strategic relationships with a variety of partners. Under Biondi’s leadership, Avaya expects to expand the overall partner ecosystem into new regions to enable more companies to implement business communications that improve customer experiences, team and employee productivity and network performance. 
 
Biondi will be aided with leadership from a team of highly experienced individuals, including: Joe Lohmeier, who recently assumed the role of vice president Worldwide Core Channels; Dino Marasco as vice president Worldwide Service Providers/System Integrator Channels and Nurali Jamani as vice president for Worldwide Distribution. He will report to Pierre-Paul Allard, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and president of Global Field Operations. 
 
Biondi comes to Avaya with more than 25 years of experience in sales, channels, marketing and operations. Most recently, he held the position of senior vice president and Global Group Executive – ISV and OEM Sales at Oracle. Prior to Oracle, he held senior leadership positions at Micro Focus, Inc., Allen Systems Group, VMware, and IBM. He is currently an active Advisory Board Member for private equity firm Lumia Capital.
 
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“This is a time of significant transformation for virtually every industry, and certainly for our partners who are faced with a broad range of challenges that can determine the future of their business. With Steve as the head of our global partner organization, I’m confident we will enhance our trusted partner relationship to drive sustainable growth and mutual business success.”
 
Pierre-Paul Allard, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales; president, Global Field Operations
 
Tags: Avaya, engagement, technology, business communications, channel sales, partner sales, unified communications, contact center, networking, services
 
About Avaya
Avaya is a leading provider of solutions that enable customer and team engagement across multiple channels and devices for better customer experience, increased productivity and enhanced financial performance. Its world-class contact center and unified communications technologies and services are available in a wide variety of flexible on-premises and cloud deployment options that seamlessly integrate with non-Avaya applications. The Avaya Engagement Environment enables third parties to create and customize business applications for competitive advantage.  The Avaya fabric-based networking solutions help simplify and accelerate the deployment of business critical applications and services.  For more information please visit www.avaya.com. 
 
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