Mitel has named Mary T. McDowell as its new president and chief executive officer.
Most recently, McDowell was CEO and board member for Polycom, where she led the company 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 and Hewlett Packard.
McDowell currently serves as a board member for multinational software company Autodesk, and U.K.-based Informa, 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.
Former Mitel CEO Rich 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.