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Avaya chooses new leader for Asia Pacific region

Avaya has appointed Mike Ansley as its new president of the Asia Pacific region.

With a home base in Singapore he will lead business and be responsible for New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Korea, and South East Asia.

Ansley will replace Mike Muller, who has been president Asia Pacific since March 1, 2014.

In a statement, Avaya said Muller is leaving the company to ‘pursue other opportunties’, and it is unclear whether he chose to leave or was asked.

The company says Ansley has a ‘strong track record’ and has achieved ‘significant results’ in various roles in the communications industry.

Most recently he was vice president of business markets at Cisco in Canada. In this position he was responsible for managing advanced technologies, verticals, and architecture teams for data centre and collaboration.

He also held various international senior management positions including worldwide sales strategy, advanced technology marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and voice technology marketing in EMEA.

Ansley was previously vice president and general manager for EMEA at 3Com/HC3. While in this role, Avaya says, “He turned a financial loss to profitability in large enterprise accounts, driving five consecutive quarters of revenue and margin contribution growth.”

“Mike is a recognised leader in the industry, with a fabulous track record for achieving significant results around best-in-class business and sales practices.

“He brings with him more than 20 years of rich experience ranging across executive sales leadership, partner strategy, services, engineering and marketing,” says Pierre-Paul Allard, Avaya SVP worldwide sales and president global field operations.​

Ansley says, “Now more than ever, listening to the voice of our customers is the key to success. 

“I am very excited to be joining a company with Avaya’s heritage, engagement solution portfolio, market opportunity and vision at this unique time in our industry's history – and to driving growth in the wonderfully vibrant Asia Pacific market.”

Ansley holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto.

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