Avaya Appoints New Leader to drive R&D Operations in India

Avaya today announced the expansion of its R&D operations in Pune as part of its initiative to increase its foothold in India. Simultaneously, the company also announced the appointment of Sam (Samir) Gulve as Managing Director, Avaya India and Vice President of Avaya’s Global Communication Solutions (GCS) division.

Since 2005, Avaya’s R&D operations in India have witnessed significant growth. The company is now expanding its operations in the western part of the country with the goal of tapping the vast talent pool of developers available and subsequently strengthening its technical expertise & offerings in the area of business communications applications.  

Commenting on these developments, Mark Leigh, President, Avaya Asia Pacific said, “India has been identified as one of the high-growth markets for Avaya. This region represents a huge potential for Avaya, in terms of talent growth. We will continue to build our capabilities and enhance our geographic presence here as part of our globalization drive. Sam’s extensive experience in the telecom industry will play a key role in the growth that we see here. He will be responsible for developing Avaya’s R&D strategy in India to globally manage off-shore work.”

Gulve said “With the expansion of the Avaya R&D centre in Pune and the new GSD facility in Hyderabad, Avaya is well placed to take advantage of the many opportunities in India. I am looking forward to the prospect of building globally, the largest R&D presence for Avaya in India.”

Gulve will work in conjunction with the management of the Indian corporate functions in support of the talent growth to ensure full alignment with global processes. He will also oversee the GCS product development functions in India. The local go-to-market and sales responsibility continues to be managed by Niru Mehta who is the Managing Director & Vice Chairman of Avaya GlobalConnect and Vice President of Avaya Inc. Mehta continues to report to Mark Leigh.

Added on May 15, 2008 Comment

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