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Mitel CEO Rich McBee On Where He's Placing His Bets And How Consolidation Is Fueling Growth

‘We just celebrated our 46th anniversary as a company. And as a technology company that’s been around 46 years, you have to reinvent yourself,’ Mitel CEO Rich McBee tells CRN. ‘We as a company have been reinventing ourselves with every technology turn, and this move to the cloud is the big technology turn.’

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Mitel In The Driver’s Seat

Mitel has been in the news lately as a rumored suitor for rival unified communications player Avaya.

While CEO Rich McBee would not talk about that when he sat down with CRN, he did talk about the company’s M&A strategy and how consolidation is fueling growth for Mitel.

McBee has been leading the Ottawa, Canada-based company for 12 years, which means he’s been in the corner office for about a quarter of the time Mitel has been in existence. He said he’s seen technology trends come and go, but the companies that remain have learned to adapt.

“We just celebrated our 46th anniversary as a company. And as a technology company that’s been around 46 years, you have to reinvent yourself,” he said. “We as a company have been reinventing ourselves with every technology turn, and this move to the cloud is the big technology turn.”

McBee delivered the keynote when the Planet One Tech Tour hit Newport, R.I. He talked to CRN about the company’s plans for the rest of 2019 and where it is placing its bets.

 
 
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