Winning in the Turns: How Innovation, Reinvention and Acceleration Drive Growth
One of the originals of Ottawa's high-tech industry, Mitel this year celebrates 45 years as an innovator and master of reinvention. From silent electric lawnmowers through to today's advanced cloud-based applications and solutions, the company has consistently, persistently, and successfully navigated a long history of sharp technology turns in the business communications industry -- from touch-tone to TDM, to IP, to virtualization, and now to the world of cloud- and SaaS-based apps and the Internet of Things. Today, Mitel is a $1.3 billion global powerhouse and industry leader on a journey to be the world's top provider of unified communications and collaboration solutions. Join Mitel CEO Rich McBee for a look at what it takes to win in the turns.
Richard D. McBee President and Chief Executive Officer
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 $1.3 billion and become an industry leader in the global business communications market.
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 of 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 serves as Chairman of the Board for the largest technology trade association in Texas, known as Tech Titans. Rich is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).