“I’m proud to serve as a board member for the Canary Foundation, where I’ve been able to see firsthand the innovation that the Foundation and Canary Center at Stanford have brought to the field of early cancer detection.
Giving back to the communities where we live and do business has always been a priority for my wife and me. We’ve been involved with the Canary Foundation from the start and are thrilled to grow that relationship. Today, Avaya is the Gold Sponsor of the Canary Challenge, and our entire team is excited to engage with the community, volunteers and participants on behalf of this worthwhile cause.”
Kevin Kennedy is the Chief Executive Officer of Avaya Corporation, a global provider of next-generation business collaboration and communications software and services. Dr. Kennedy currently serves U.S. President Barack Obama as a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. In 1987, he was a Congressional Fellow to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Prior to Avaya, he was president and CEO at JDS Uniphase Corporation for six years, Chief Operating Officer at Openwave Systems, Inc., for two years and held various executive positions at Cisco Systems for eight years — most recently for the Service Provider Line of Business and Software Technologies Division. Earlier in his career, he spent 17 years with AT&T Bell Laboratories.
In addition to the Canary Foundation, he currently serves on the board of directors of Avaya, KLA-Tencor Corporation, and Digital Realty Trust, L.P.
In the field of education, Dr. Kennedy was honored by the School of Engineering at Rutgers as their Alumnus of the Year and awarded an Alumni Medal of Excellence in 2006.
He is the author of Devil in the Details, published in 2012, and a co-author of “Going the Distance: Why Some Companies Dominate and Others Fail,” published in 2003. He has published more than 30 papers on computational methods, data networking and issues of technology management.
Dr. Kennedy holds a B.S. in engineering from Lehigh University as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from Rutgers University where he served as an adjunct professor from 1982 to 1984.