January 29, 2017

“ Building a Billion Dollar Canadian Tech Company, ” Mitel CEO will share insights at CATA’s Innovation Leadership Gala

Ottawa, January 29, 2017…CATAAlliance, Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group is pleased to announce that Richard D. McBee, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mitel, will keynote the 32nd Annual CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards Gala.

The 32nd Annual Gala, held on May 17th in Ottawa, celebrates the best-of-the-best award-winners across the spectrum of advanced technology areas. At the Gala, the winners are recognized for their innovation, expertise, and leadership in Canada’s innovation community.

CATA CEO, John Reid, said, “ Mr. McBee is an Innovation Award winner in his own right. Under his leadership, Mitel has doubled revenue to more than CDN$1.3 billion, emerging as a global leader in the business communications market with #1 market share in Europe ” adding, “ Our community eagerly awaits his insights into some of the keys to building a world class flagship tech company and what it will take to advance Canada’s competitive innovation nation success.”

Reid concluded, “ We now extend an invitation to community members across Canada to join Mr. McBee to celebrate the best of Canadian innovation and see the world’s most adopted technologies at CATA’s 32nd Annual Gala.”

About Richard D. McBee

Rich McBee brings more than 25 years of experience in telecommunications to his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitel, leading Mitel’s strategy, business performance, and global execution. Appointed to the role in January 2011, Rich is responsible for advancing Mitel’s evolution and leadership in the business communications market, driving revenue growth and profitability, and devising and executing business strategies. Under his leadership, Mitel has doubled revenue to more than US$1.1 billion and has emerged as a global leader in the business communications market with #1 market share in Europe.

Prior to joining Mitel, Rich served as President of the Communications and Enterprise Group of Danaher Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for leading the companies serving the communications and enterprise markets, with combined total revenue of more than US$700 million annually. Rich joined Danaher in 2007 as President, Tektronix Communications, following the acquisition by Danaher of Tektronix. During his 15 years with Tektronix, he held a variety of positions, including Senior Vice President and General Manager, Communications Business Unit; Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Service and Marketing; and Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives.

Rich holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Chapman School of Business and Economics (California, US) and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in 1986. Rich also serves on the board of the Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) in Texas and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

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The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) is Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group, crowdsourcing ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. (No Tech Firm Left Behind) Contact: John Reid at jreid@cata.ca