8x8, Inc. Management
Chief Executive Officer
Vik Verma became Chief Executive Officer of 8x8 in September 2013. As a member of the 8x8 Board of Directors since January 2012, Verma was instrumental in working with management to define the Company’s strategic plan for continued profitable growth through global expansion and ongoing investment in innovative unified and mobile communications services.
From October 2008 – August 2013, Verma was President of Strategic Venture Development for Lockheed Martin. In that role, he successfully identified and executed opportunities for monetizing existing Lockheed Martin technologies and programs in new global commercial markets through collaborative technology incubators, intellectual property portfolio licensing and strategic partnerships with international corporations. From 2006-2008, he was the President of the IS&GS Savi Group, a Lockheed Martin technology and information services division providing real-time supply chain management and security solutions for government and commercial markets worldwide. Prior to that, he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Savi Technology, Inc. (Savi), a leader in RFID-based tracking and security solutions and a pioneer in cloud-based managed service offerings that was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2006. Verma began his career at Savi in 1990 as a Design Engineer and became Chief Operation Officer in 1994 and President & CEO in 1997.
Verma holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, an M.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering, and the graduate degree of Engineer in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He has been granted eight patents and has won numerous accolades, including being named one of 40 “Technology Pioneers” by the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland in 2003. In addition, he has attended the AEA executive management program for CEOs at Harvard Business School, the AEA Executive Institute for High Technology Executives at Stanford University, the Financial Analysis for Non-Financial Executives program at the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley), the Stanford Law School Directors’ College, and the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee programs at Harvard Business School.
Bryan R. Martin
Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer
Bryan R. Martin is Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer at 8x8. With over two decades of service to the Company, including 11 years as Chief Executive Officer, Martin has been a key figure in 8x8’s growth, leading the company from its early days as a VoIP pioneer to becoming the leading provider of Unified Communications as a Service solutions. Prior to being named CEO in 2002, he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President, Engineering Operations. He has been a member of 8x8's Board of Directors since 2001 and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2003.
Martin holds 45 United States Patents in the fields of semiconductors, computer architecture, video processing algorithms, videophones and communications. In November 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to the California Broadband Task Force for the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and he later served as Chair of the task force's Emerging Technologies and New Applications Working Group. In 2006, he was named one of the "Top 100 Voices of IP Communications" by Internet Telephony magazine. In addition to his technical knowledge and expertise, Martin is well versed in industry and business affairs and has spoken before numerous trade, financial and regulatory organizations including the FCC, California Public Utilities Commission, California State Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee, IEEE, National Emergency Number Association, Association of Police Communication Officials, TechNet, Supercomm, VON, United States Telecom Association and NGN. He is a member of the IEEE and Tau Beta Pi and received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Chief Financial Officer
Dan Weirich is the Chief Financial Officer of 8x8, Inc. In his previous roles with 8x8 as President and Vice President of Operations, Weirich managed the day to day business operations of 8x8 and Virtual Office services delivery as well as sales and billing operations. Prior to joining 8x8, Weirich served as a business development, finance and operations consultant in the United States and Asia, managing acquisition and restructuring initiatives for a number of IT and telecommunications firms. As Vice President of Business Development and Vice President of Sales, Asia at iAsiaWorks, Inc., Weirich engineered a restart of the company and expanded its offerings to include Internet access, co-location and managed services across Asia and grew the company's operations to thirteen countries. Weirich also served as Manager in the Business Markets Group at Qwest Communications International, Inc. and as a Financial Analyst for Phoenix Networks, Inc.
Senior Vice President of Product & Strategy
Darren Hakeman is Senior Vice President of Product & Strategy. An accomplished senior executive skilled at formulating and executing strategies for market entry and growth across diverse technologies and products, Hakeman brings 20 years of management and operational experience to 8x8. From 2009 - 2013, Hakeman worked as a strategic advisor to leading Silicon Valley companies and emerging start-ups including Authentication Metrics, Inc. (now Agari), a cloud-based email security company serving the financial services industry and leading social media sites, Blackfire Research, a solution provider for seamless Wi-Fi streaming of audio and video content from mobile devices, and a major global security company where Hakeman developed global market entry and monetization strategies for multiple business units and led the launch of an Asia-based technology incubator. Prior to this, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations for a SaaS Business Unit of Lockheed Martin that emerged following Lockheed's acquisition of Savi Technology, Inc, a leading provider of RFID systems and solutions, in 2006. From 1993 through 2006, Hakeman served in various capacities at Savi Technology, from Sr. Director of Product Management, Marketing and Product Strategy to Senior Vice President of Global Services. He holds B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from Stanford University.
Sr. Vice President of Business Development
Huw Rees serves as 8x8's Sr. Vice President of Business Development and was previously Chief Executive Officer of Centile, Inc., a former subsidiary of 8x8 where he led the development of the hosted PBX technology from 1999 to 2004. Rees was responsible for the change in 8x8's marketing and sales away from an OEM approach to a focus on end-users including both consumers and small businesses for hosted, cloud based communications services. He has been closely involved with telecommunications technology for over 25 years, beginning with Marconi PLC in 1985, where he opened and managed their Western US sales office. He has also held management roles with Plessey Inc., and with Mitel Corporation. Rees received a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an MBA from the University of LaVerne.
Vice President of Mid-Market/Distributed Enterprise Sales
Chris Bartolo, Vice President of Sales – Mid-Market/Distributed Enterprise, is responsible for the development, management, and growth of the company's sales to Mid-Market and to Distributed Enterprise Companies. He brings over 15 years of experience in sales and sales management, with a track record for recruiting, building and leading high-performing sales teams to drive revenue growth.
Before joining 8x8, Bartolo was Director of Sales at Contactual, a Leader in On-Demand Contact Center Solutions, where he led the early sales initiatives and growth of their North American sales organization. Contactual was acquired by 8x8 in 2009. He has also held sales leadership positions at iPass, Mirapoint, Fortinet, Qualys and CyberCash.
Vice President of Customer Success & Support
Eric Goffney, Vice President of Customer Success & Support, brings over 20 years experience building and enhancing global customer service organizations to 8x8. Goffney most recently served as Head of Global Business & Consumer Support Services at Trend Micro where he revamped and organized disparate regional support teams into a cohesive global support organization while significantly increasing customer satisfaction, service levels and service revenue.
Prior to this, he served as Vice President/General Manager of Support Outsourcing Services at Stream Global Services, Senior Vice President, Customer Care for Excite@Home, Senior Vice President Customer Support at Netcom Online Communications and Senior Director, Support Services for IBM/Lotus Development. Goffney holds a Master of Education degree from Kent State University and served five years as a United States Navy Officer and Pilot.
Vice President of Network Operations
Mehdi Salour is the Vice President of Network Operations. Salour most recently served as 8x8's Vice President of Service Delivery and Support where he played an instrumental role in developing the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) strategy while 8x8 was transitioning from an OEM technology company to a customer-centric service provider. Prior to that, Salour served 8x8 in various other positions including IT Network Engineer, Network Operations Engineer, Manager of Technical Support and Director of Technical Support.
As Vice President of Network Operations, Salour is responsible for production network operations and Quality Assurance programs. Salour also oversees 8x8's Network Operations Center (NOC) in Sunnyvale, California which monitors the company's voice and video networks on a 24x7 basis.
Salour holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Software Engineering with concentrations in networking software and security.
Debbie Jo Severin
Vice President of Marketing
Debbie Jo Severin, Vice President of Marketing, is responsible for 8x8's marketing strategies and operations, driving awareness and adoption of the company's business Internet protocol (IP) communications solutions through customer acquisition and retention initiatives including brand management, demand generation, direct and online marketing, advertising, promotions, marketing communications and public relations.
Severin brings over 20 years of marketing experience to 8x8 and was most recently Vice President of Marketing at Covad Communications, the first company to commercially deploy DSL technology in the United States. Severin managed Covad's national go-to-market plan for direct sales of the company's VoIP and data services and helped grow that business to more than $178 million of revenue at the end of 2007. Prior to Covad, Severin served as Vice President of Marketing at Valiant Networks and NorthPoint Communications, as Vice President of Marketing & Sales at Pacific Bell start-up PrimeOne Tele-TV, and as Executive Director of Marketing & Sales at Pacific Bell Video Services. She received a Masters Degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Vice President of SMB Sales
As Vice President of SMB Sales, Ben Taft creates and implements overall sales strategies and processes of 8x8's SMB direct sales organization. Taft joined 8x8 in 2013 from Brocade Communications where he was Sr. Director of WW Sales Strategy and Transformation. Prior to this role, Mr. Taft built and deployed Brocade's first global inside sales organization and was also responsible for Strategic Alliances. Prior to Brocade, Taft was Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Foundry Networks (acquired by Brocade) where he developed the global marketing and corporate communications strategy and was also responsible for global sales operations. Prior to Foundry, Taft held finance positions at Cisco and Leasing Solutions. He earned a BA in finance from the University of Washington in Seattle where he is originally from.
Vice President of Channel Sales
Don Trimble, Vice President of Channel Sales, is responsible for the development and management of all aspects of the company's third party channel operations. Trimble brings more than 25 years of experience to 8x8, achieving revenue, profit, and business growth objectives for some of the largest IT companies in the world. Most recently, he served as Vice President, North American Channel Sales at NComputing where he developed and managed a channel initiative to drive sales through distributors, direct/indirect resellers and systems integrators.
Previously, he served as Director, Americas Channel Sales at Hewlett Packard, where he managed the channel sales team for the company's ProCurve Networking division, and as Vice President, North American Channel Sales at Polycom, responsible for designing, developing, and executing a comprehensive channel strategy. Prior to that, Trimble served as Director, Channel Operations for Cisco Systems, where he earned recognition as Cisco's #1 U.S. Channel Operation in 2001, and as District Manager for 3Com Corporation. Trimble holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Vermont.