Mitel Announces Mary T. McDowell as New President & CEO

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  • Experienced technology executive Mary T. McDowell appointed to accelerate Mitel’s strategy of providing every customer with a seamless path to the cloud communications solution of their choice.
  • CEO Rich McBee departs after transforming Mitel into a leading global provider of unified communications during nearly a decade of leadership.

Mitel, a global leader in business communications, today announced the appointment of Mary T. McDowell as president and chief executive officer. McDowell brings an intimate understanding of the communications and technology markets and a strong track record of driving growth for global organizations. Most recently, McDowell was CEO and board member for Polycom, Inc., where she led Polycom through a strategic operating model transformation resulting in revenue growth and a successful sale to Plantronics in 2018.

Prior to Polycom, McDowell was executive vice president at Nokia, where she was in charge of the company’s $15 billion global feature phone business and oversaw Nokia’s developer and app store organization. She also previously held senior positions at Compaq Computer and Hewlett Packard. McDowell currently serves as a board member for multinational software company Autodesk, Inc. and UK-based Informa, plc. a multinational events and publishing company. She is also a board member for the Committee of 200, a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women in business.

McBee has accepted a new executive role and departs Mitel after leading the company through a period of strategic transformation, including driving Mitel’s industry consolidation strategy, completing more than a dozen acquisitions and strategic transactions. During his tenure as CEO, Mitel evolved from a premises-based PBX pioneer to a leading provider of cloud communications.