Where Was The Executive Committee?
During private conversations with CRN throughout the partner conference, more than one Avaya solution provider expressed disappointment that Mitchell and Shockley were the only SVP-level Avaya executives in attendance, compared to previous years and bigger conferences, when CEO Kevin Kennedy (pictured), global sales and field operations boss Joel Hackney, and other top Avaya names spoke and met with partners.
"I don't like that they're not here rallying partners and meeting with us, especially considering how many of us came down here so close to the holidays," said the chief executive of a well-known Avaya Platinum partner. "There's so much talk about getting the Avaya partners more visibility with the executive officers. OK, great. Where are they? I mean, can you imagine [John] Chambers not showing up at a Cisco partner conference?"