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Mitel Announces CFO Retirement and New Executive Appointments

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Mitel, a global leader in business communications, today announced the
retirement of Chief Financial Officer Steve Spooner, whose 16 years of
leadership at Mitel mark one of the longest and most stellar financial
careers in the global technology industry. Vanessa Kanu, Senior Vice
President of Finance, will take over as Spooner’s successor, continuing
her 15-year career with Mitel.

As CFO, Spooner’s contributions to Mitel have left an indelible mark on
the organization’s success. In partnership with President and Chief
Executive Officer Rich McBee, Spooner helped put a foundation in place
that enabled Mitel to triple in size and emerge as a $1.3 billion global
business, market share leader and cloud communications powerhouse. In
recognition of his work, Spooner was recently named CFO of the Year by
the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal. His
retirement provides opportunities to enjoy time with his growing family
and pursue service as a board member, advisor to private equity and
management consultant.

Newly-appointed CFO Vanessa Kanu’s career at Mitel reflects a quick
succession of diverse and increasingly senior roles. She is recognized
as a proven finance partner to Mitel business divisions and leaders
around the world, as well as a trusted advisor to Spooner and McBee. Her
acumen and strategic mindset have also been instrumental in driving
profitability and steering the company’s direction through an IPO,
multiple strategic acquisitions and most recently, in transitioning
Mitel to a private company. Kanu is a recipient of the 2017 Ottawa
Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award.

The company is also drawing from its well-established leadership bench
to promote Bob Agnes, previously Executive Vice President and President
of Products and Solutions, to Executive Vice President and General
Manager of its Unified Communications Division. In his new role, Agnes
will lead strategic direction, business operations and performance of
Mitel’s on-site, private and hybrid cloud communications and
collaboration businesses. As customer needs continue to drive distinct
sales motions for the unified communications and unified
communications-as-a-service markets, Agnes’ industry expertise and
proven leadership will enable Mitel to sharpen focus on the large,
global opportunity for enterprise-caliber unified communications and
further extend its market leadership.


“It is an understatement to say that Steve’s contributions to Mitel have
been enormous. We would not be the company we are today without his
leadership and strategic understanding of our industry,” said Mitel
President and CEO Rich McBee. “Congratulations are also in order for
Vanessa and Bob on their expanded roles. They have both been critical to
our transformation. Their ongoing dedication, commitment and
contributions to Mitel make me extremely proud of our team and even more
confident in Mitel’s future.”

Additional Fact

  • Mitel is trusted by more than 70 million users each day to provide an
    exceptional communications and collaboration experience.
  • Synergy Research Group ranks Mitel #1 in total cloud seats for the
    seventh consecutive year.
  • Mitel is the only brand recognized across the Gartner Magic Quadrants
    for Contact Center, Unified Communications and Unified Communications
    as a Service.

About Mitel

A global market leader in business communications powering more than two
billion business connections, Mitel helps businesses and service
providers connect, collaborate and provide innovative services to their
customers. Our innovation and communications experts serve more than 70
million business users in more than 100 countries. For more information,
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