Lawrence Byrd is Director of Unified Communications Architecture and helps define and communicate Avaya's intelligent communications strategy. Lawrence has eighteen years of communications, CRM and contact center experience, and thirty years of advanced software and Internet experience. Lawrence was co-founder of Quintus Corporation in 1984, where he held executive positions in software development, marketing and strategy. Quintus was a leading provider of multimedia contact center software and was acquired by Avaya in 2001. Lawrence has a B.A. in Philosophy from Durham, England, and was a research associate in the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He now lives with his family in California.