Finn Joins Avaya as VP, Corporate Communications
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Finn Joins Avaya as VP, Corporate Communications

Avaya, the telecommunications company spun off from Lucent Technologies in 2000, has named James Finn, a veteran of senior public relations positions at technology giants IBM and Oracle, as vice president of corporate communications.

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ—Avaya, the telecommunications company spun off from Lucent Technologies in 2000, has named James Finn, a veteran of senior public relations positions at technology giants IBM and Oracle, as vice president of corporate communications, reporting to Jocelyne Attal, chief marketing officer. According to Attal, Finn will be responsible for protecting, building and communicating a positive perception of Avaya in the global marketplace. Most recently, Finn was senior vice president, chief marketing and communications officer at Ingres Corporation, a leading open source database software company, where he was responsible for communications with the company’s key constituents, including customers, partners, employees, media and industry and financial analysts. Prior to joining Ingres, Jim was vice president of communications at IBM Americas and earlier was vice president of worldwide corporate communications at Oracle Corporation, leading communications strategy for Oracle’s successful acquisition of PeopleSoft. He also held executive communications roles at Chase Manhattan and General Motors. In his new role at Avaya, Finn will oversee the development, implementation and coordination of global external public relations programs, including accountability for media relations, industry analyst relations and presenting a relevant and differentiated global Avaya brand. He will partner closely with Avaya business leaders to establish strategic corporate PR plans and objectives. His primary office will be in Manhattan.
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