Jim Chirico

Jim Chirico

Jim Chirico

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Restructuring Officer and Head of Sales

Jim Chirico is executive vice president, Business Operations at Avaya, a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions.

In this role, Jim is charged with driving dramatic improvements in cash and cost management across Avaya and accelerating Avaya’s overall performance. Jim is responsible for optimizing global business processes as the leader of Manufacturing, Logistics and Procurement; Information Technology; Enterprise Quality; Global Capability Sourcing, and all management metrics. In addition, Jim is accountable for cross-functional alignment of the key workstreams, e.g., growth, transitions, integration and restructuring.

Chirico joined Avaya in January 2008 from Seagate Technology where he was Executive Vice President, Global Operations, Development and Manufacturing. At Seagate Technology, a Silver Lake and TPG company, Chirico led a team of more than 50,000 employees located in 14 facilities worldwide successfully driving step-function change in the operational effectiveness of the organization.


From 1998 to the present, Chirico held key leadership roles in worldwide operations, manufacturing, development, engineering, logistics, product management, procurement and supply chain. His overall operational budget was in excess of $1.2 billion with capital expenditures of $275 million, and procurement purchases in excess of $4 billion.

Chirico ultimately drove Seagate Technology Development to become number one in the technology industry. He is also recognized for driving customer fulfillment initiatives, optimizing company logistics and implementing worldwide restructures. In addition to impressive results in the USA and Northern Ireland, he managed European partnerships and gained vast experience in the Asia-Pacific territories including: China, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore where he was a resident with his family for seven years.

Chirico began his career at IBM in 1980 where he spent 18 years before leaving to join Seagate Technology in 1998. He received a B.S. in Marketing from Providence College in Rhode Island.