Biggest Companies of the 2012 Inc. 5000

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Avaya

Kevin Kennedy, CEO
Basking Ridge, N.J.

No. 4,782
2011 Revenue: $5.5 billion
Three-Year Growth: 12.68%

Avaya, a technology company that provides communication services to companies all around the world, privatized in 2007. Kevin Kennedy says that Avaya, as a company transitioning from one generation of technology to another, stays ahead of the game by seeking out employees who are like marathon runners. "You take a step forward, and then half a step back," he says. "But you’ve got to just keep relentlessly moving forward."