Avaya has appointed Jeff Sheard as Managing Director of the Avaya business across Australia and New Zealand, replacing Tony Simonsen who will leave the organisation to pursue other opportunities.
Most recently as the leader for the Enterprise and Government sales segment across the region for Avaya, prior to joining the company, Sheard spent over 25 years in building IT businesses and teams in Australia and across the APAC region.
“Jeff has already proved his ability to combine a laser focus on our customers’ needs with significant sales success,” says Mike Ansley, President, Asia Pacific, Avaya.
“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.”
Sheard has held a number of leadership sales and channel positions, notably within the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Group and Cisco Systems, boasting 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.
“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 A/NZ,” Sheard adds.
“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.”