Mitel names McBee as new CEO


Mitel names McBee as new CEO

Alex Scroxton

Mitel has named Richard McBee, former president of comms and enterprise at Danaher, as its new CEO, replacing long-serving Don Smith, who stood down last year.

McBee, who joined Washington DC-based electronics and instrumentation firm Danaher in 2007 when it acquired rival Tektronix, was responsible for around $700m of annual sales derived from direct and channel sales into the carrier, enterprise and SME markets.

"Rich brings with him exceptional operational leadership and a proven ability to drive growth and increase market share," said Mitel chairman Terence Matthews.

Added McBee: "It is an honour to lead Mitel as it enters its next phase of growth backed by a comprehensive suite of IP-based solutions and a strong network of global partners."

Mitel, which floated on the stock market last spring, made sales of $161m in its most recent quarter, while net profits were close to $90m after the firm booked an $80m tax relief.

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