Jeff Sheard resigns from Avaya

Jeff Sheard resigns from Avaya

Darren Read to lead local team until replacement is found

Jeff Sheard leaves Avaya

Jeff Sheard leaves Avaya

Avaya A/NZ managing director, Jeff Sheard, will soon be leaving the company.

The business communications company confirmed with ARN that Sheard is “leaving Avaya to take up another opportunity” and that his last day in the office will be February 13.

Avaya A/NZ services business general manager, Darren Read, will lead the local team in the interim, until a replacement for Sheard is found and responsibilities are handed over.

“Darren Read will lead the local team until a replacement is found. Avaya is looking internally and externally for a new managing director who can help the company build on the success of 2015 as it moves to further extend its reach in the networking and collaborative markets,” a spokesperson from Avaya told ARN.

Sheard served as the company’s A/NZ managing director for about seven months. Prior to that, he was its enterprise and government director for nine months.

Sheard worked at HP Australia as its commercial and public sector sales director between 2012 and 2014. He was also the Asia-Pacific and Japan Cloud services head of sales for HP Enterprise Services between 2011 and 2012.

Some of his other stints include working at Firefly Communications as a business partner for more than a year, at CyberCoach as its founder for three years, and at Rogen International as its director for a little over six years.

He has also worked at Cisco as director of channels for more than two years and at CiscoSystems as its enterprise sales director for five years and NSW regional sales manager for more than a year.

More to follow.

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