Kevin J. Kennedy is the president and chief executive officer of Avaya Inc., a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems, and services.
Prior to joining the company in January 2009, Dr. Kennedy was president and CEO of JDS Uniphase Corporation, a position he held since September 2003. Before joining JDSU, 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 eight years at Cisco Systems, Inc., most recently as senior vice president of the service provider line of the 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 to the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee by President Barack Obama.
He currently serves on the board of directors of KLA-Tencor Corporation and Digital Realty Trust, L.P. Until August 2012, he was a member of the board of directors of JDS Uniphase.
He holds a B.S. in engineering from Lehigh University, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from Rutgers University. He was an adjunct professor at Rutgers from 1982-84 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 as their Alumnus of the Year and awarded an Alumni Medal of Excellence. He is the author of “Devil in the Details,” published in 2012, and co-author of “Going the Distance: Why Some Companies Dominate and Others Fail,” published in 2003.
Degree: BS mechanical engineering
Notable Achievements: President and CEO of Avaya Inc., former President & CEO of JDS Uniphase