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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Privately held could return to the public markets now that it has closed on the $900 million acquisition of Enterprise business unit, Avaya’s top executive told Reuters.

In an interview following the , Avaya Chief Executive Officer Kevin Kennedy said the New Jersey-based maker of telecommunications gear will benefit from in two key ways from the deal:

• Increased market share
• Now more competitive with Cisco
• An “exit” for its private equity backers

"We believe the company will have greater market share, it’ll be more competitive, and from a multiple perspective, on exit, a greater opportunity for either greater gain or removal of risk," he told Reuters.

However, Kennedy is also being cautious about the overall economy.

"We believe that the economy will be some place between flat and up, cautiously up, I’d say," he said. "But we are also managing the company as though there could be a setback."

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