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Avaya Announces Jeff Sheard as Managing Director for Au/NZ

Avaya Announces Jeff Sheard as Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand

25-year IT leader with a track record of successful growth

Steps up from role as Enterprise and Government sales leader

Sydney, Australia - July 15, 2015 – Avaya today announced the appointment of Jeff Sheard as Managing Director of the Avaya business across Australia and New Zealand. He replaces Tony Simonsen, who will leave the organisation to pursue other opportunities.

Jeff was most recently the leader for the Enterprise and Government sales segment in ANZ for Avaya. Prior to joining the company, Jeff spent over 25 years in building IT businesses and teams in Australia and across the APAC region. He has held a number of leadership sales and channel positions, notably within the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Group and Cisco Systems. He has a strong track record in helping unified communications and cloud business units generate significant sales growth, while also building and driving high-level channel relationships with systems integrators, value-added resellers and distributors.


“Jeff has already proved his ability to combine a laser focus on our customers’ needs with significant sales success. His collaborative management approach and focus on execution will help drive further success for Avaya in Australia and New Zealand. As Avaya helps our customers deploy the most effective team engagement and customer engagement solutions to drive their own business success, Jeff’s knowledge and skill in leading teams to deliver tangible results will be invaluable.”

Mike Ansley, President, Asia Pacific, Avaya

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to drive our business forward at this exciting time in the evolution not just of Avaya but of many of our customers across ANZ. New technology continues to enhance and accelerate the way companies do business – with a focus on delivering the highest levels of customer delight. Avaya helps businesses move beyond collaboration to benefit from truly impactful engagement, through its acclaimed networking, contact centre and unified communications capabilities for companies of all sizes. I believe Avaya is uniquely placed to deliver exactly what Australian and New Zealand businesses need to support their growth objectives.”

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