Gary E. Barnett

Gary E. Barnett

Gary Barnett is senior vice president & general manager, Collaboration for Avaya, a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions. In his current role, Barnett has responsibility for Avaya's Collaboration Platforms, Contact Center and Unified Communications applications portfolios.

Gary joined Avaya in April 2011 and has most recently been leading the Collaboration Platforms team. Prior to that role, he led the UC Applications team. Gary is also a domain expert who was a founding engineer at Octel, the founder and CEO of Prospect Software, and later served as president and CEO of Aspect Communications.

As executive vice president and Chief Technology Officer at Aspect Software, Gary was responsible for corporate planning, product architecture and lifecycle management. He directed strategic partnerships and long-term product integration plans that support enterprise-level applications.

Gary has delivered outstanding leadership and stakeholder value as either a Chief Executive Officer or Chief Technology Officer for over 20 years and is recognized worldwide as an authority on contact center technologies and solutions. In 2006, Mr. Barnett was recognized by the contact center industry with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gary and Sharon Barnett have been married for 30 years, and reside in San Jose, California, and Brentwood, Tennessee.