President and Chief Executive Officer of Avaya Inc.
Kevin Kennedy is President and Chief Executive Officer of Avaya Inc., a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems, and services.
Prior to joining Avaya Inc. in January 2009, Dr. Kennedy was President and CEO of J.D.S. Uniphase Corporation, a position he held since September 2003. Before joining J.D.S.U., Dr. Kennedy served as Chief Operating Officer of Openwave Systems, Inc., a position he held from August 2001 to September 2003. Prior to joining Openwave Systems, he spent close to 8 years at Cisco Systems, Inc., most recently as Senior Vice-president of the Service Provider Line of Business and Software Technologies Division.
Earlier in his career, he spent 17 years with AT&T Bell Laboratories.
In 1987, Dr. Kennedy was a Congressional Fellow to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. In January 2011, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.
Dr. Kennedy currently serves on the boards of directors of J.D.S.U. and K.L.A.-Tencor Corporation. Until January 2009, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Polycom, Inc.
He holds a B.S. in Engineering from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering from Rutgers University. He was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University from 1982-1984, and has published more than 30 papers on computational methods, data networking, and issues of technology management.
In 2006, Dr. Kennedy was honored by the School of Engineering at Rutgers University as their Alumnus of the Year. He was awarded an Alumni Medal of Excellence. He co-authored Going the Distance: Why Some Companies Dominate and Others Fail which was published in 2003.