Avaya Selects Cisco Veteran Allard to Head Global Sales

Avaya Holdings Corp., the telecommunications-equipment maker owned by private-equity firms, has appointed Pierre-Paul Allard, an executive hired from Cisco Systems Inc. last year, as its new head of global sales.

Allard, who spent 19 years at the computer-networking company before joining Avaya, becomes senior vice president in charge of worldwide sales and president of field operations effective immediately, according to a staff memo by Avaya Chief Executive Officer Kevin Kennedy that was obtained by Bloomberg News. The company will disclose the management changes in a regulatory filing tomorrow, according to Mike Moeller, a spokesman for Avaya who confirmed the memo’s content.

Avaya, which traces its roots to AT&T Inc.’s onetime Lucent Technologies unit, sells telephone, computer networking, and wireless communications gear to businesses. The Santa Clara, California-based company -- owned by Silver Lake Management LLC and TPG Capital -- filed an amended prospectus on May 31 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in anticipation of an initial public offering. It had previously delayed a planned IPO.

Allard “maintains a strong network of colleagues and contacts around the world” and has had a “profound impact” on restructuring the company’s marketing, Kennedy said in the memo.

Tom Mitchell, Avaya’s current head of sales, will leave the company in September. Allard was president of Cisco’s Canadian division from 1993 to 2003, then held a series of vice president titles there, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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