RALEIGH – Bandwidth, a provider of various communications services, is bolstering its executive leadership lineup with a “chief innovation officer” position and has hired the former chief technology officer at Durham-based Avaya to fill the role.

Karl Perkins was announced as the new exec on Wednesday.

It’s the second executive position Bandwidth has created this year. Sandy Preizler joined the company as chief revenue officer in April.

“Karl is well known to our largest customers and well regarded by the vast network of technologists in our space,” said Anthony Bartolo, Bandwidth’s (Nasdaq: BAND) chief operating officer, in a statement. “His deep domain expertise, motivational leadership and entrepreneurial mindset will complement our strategy to accelerate innovation and customer co-creation across our offerings.”

Perkins also has worked at Cisco and Tata Communications. Preizler also is a Cisco and Avaya veteran.

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“His mission at Bandwidth is to drive transformational research and disruptive technologies into a more differentiated product roadmap that delivers a higher level of customer value and growth,” the company said.

Perkins is known as an expert in cloud computing, Bandwidth added.

“I’m excited to join a talented innovation team to make Bandwidth’s global network and APIs the most relevant and versatile platform for powering the enterprise communications migration to the cloud,” said Perkins. “We have tremendous potential to build on our culture of innovation to expand our portfolio, grow our ecosystem and build stronger customer partnerships to unlock mutual value.”

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