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Avaya Appoints Caroline Dorsa as CFO


23-Jan-2007 - BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Avaya (NYSE: AV) today announced that Caroline Dorsa will be joining the company as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Dorsa will join Avaya from Merck & Co., Inc. where she has held a range of financial and operational positions. Most recently, she was Vice President and Treasurer, responsible for a broad portfolio of financial functions including treasury, investor relations, portfolio management, tax, and controllership for manufacturing. She was also the Secretary of the Finance Committee of Merck’s Board of Directors.

Prior to becoming Treasurer, she served as Executive Director of U.S. Customer Marketing and Executive Director of U.S. Pricing and Strategic Planning, both for Merck’s Human Health Division.

Before joining Merck in 1987, she worked for the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York, promoting economic development in midtown Manhattan.

“Avaya is extremely fortunate to have a world-class financial executive of Caroline Dorsa’s sophistication, reputation and integrity as our new chief financial officer,” said Lou D’Ambrosio, president and CEO, Avaya. “Her financial acumen, breadth of experience and track record of successful leadership in complex global environments will be powerful assets as we pursue our strategy in driving profitable growth.”

Dorsa holds a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A from Columbia Business School. She has been a Director of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) since 2003, and a member of PSEG’s Audit, Corporate Governance and Finance Committees.

Dorsa’s appointment at Avaya will be effective in early February.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than one million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader in secure and reliable Internet protocol (IP) telephony systems and communications software applications and services.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business applications - and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services - Avaya helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior business results. For more information visit the Avaya website:


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