updated 3/21/2011 4:47:26 PM ET 2011-03-21T20:47:26

OTTAWA, March 21, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mitel (Nasdaq:MITL), a leading provider of unified communications (UC) software solutions, today announced it has expanded its global presence to include support for sales and operations in Russia and surrounding areas including Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Baltic States, Georgia, and Turkmenistan.

Alex Volynsky has been appointed Country Manager and Head of a newly established representative office in Moscow, which will sell and service under license, Mitel's portfolio of solutions based on the Mitel Freedom architecture, along with solutions from Wesley Clover International Corporation.

"Research from MZA1 shows that in 2010 Russia represented the fourth largest country for telephony shipments in all of Europe and accounted for approximately 10 percent of the region," said Mitel's Graham Bevington, executive vice-president, Europe, Middle East and Africa. "This initiative is a logical step in expanding Mitel's global presence and we look forward to serving this market more effectively."

Alex Volynsky has more than 30 years experience in business development, sales, and research and development. Alex has worked extensively in Russia and Canada throughout his career holding positions such as Vice President of Business Development and Head of Representative Office, Russia and CIS and the Baltic States for Wesley Clover International Corporation, Director General and Head of Representative Office, Russia and CIS and the Baltic States and Director of Research and Development - Network Management for Newbridge Networks, and Systems Network Architecture and Network Management for Equatorial Communications Company (ECC). Alex has a Master's Degree in Math from Moscow State University.

The representative office is located at Smolensky Passage, Smolenskaya Square 3, Moscow, 121099, Russia and staff can be reached at +7-495-937-8207.

1 MZA are a leading telecoms & IT analyst firm delivering insight and analysis into past and future trends within the communications market place. http://www.mzaconsultants.com/

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Mitel (Nasdaq:MITL) is a global provider of business communications and collaboration software and services. Mitel's Freedom architecture provides the flexibility and simplicity organizations need to support today's dynamic work environment. Through a single cloud-ready software stream, Mitel delivers a powerful suite of advanced communications and collaboration capabilities that provides freedom from walled garden architectures and enables organizations to implement best-of-breed solutions on any network; extends the "in-office" experience anywhere, on any device; and offers choice of commercial options to fit business needs. For more information visit: http://www.mitel.com

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