8x8, Inc. Management
Bryan R. Martin
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Bryan R. Martin is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 8x8, Inc. A seasoned 8x8 executive, with over two decades of service to the Company, Mr. Martin has served in a variety of corporate and engineering capacities including 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 Chief Executive Officer since 2002.
Mr. Martin holds 35 United States Patents in the fields of semiconductors, computer architecture, video processing algorithms, videophones and communications. In November 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Martin to the California Broadband Task Force for the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, where he currently serves as Chair of the task force's Emerging Technologies and New Applications Working Group. Mr. Martin was also named one of the "Top 100 Voices of IP Communications" by Internet Telephony magazine in October 2006.
In addition to his technical knowledge and expertise, Mr. 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.
As President of 8x8, Kim oversees the Company's worldwide sales organizations, customer service and network operations teams. Niederman is an experienced senior executive with a proven track record at public and private companies, including Cisco Systems, Wang Laboratories, Polycom, FORE Systems and LongBoard. He most recently served as Senior Vice President of NComputing, Inc. and just prior to that as President and CEO of Anagran, Inc.
As Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Polycom, Niederman grew sales from $420M in 2003 to $920M in 2007. Niederman also was President and CEO of LongBoard, Inc., a leading software-based Class 5 IP services platform startup that deployed its softswitch technology to telecom service providers worldwide. Prior to LongBoard, he was Vice President of Sales for start-up RadioLAN, the first developer of 10MB WLANs and Vice President of Sales at FORE Systems. As a sales executive at Cisco Systems in the early 1990s, he served in various executive capacities including Director, Worldwide Sales. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Denver.
Debbie Jo Severin
Chief Marketing Officer
Debbie Jo Severin, Chief Marketing Officer and 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 Business Development
Huw Rees serves as 8x8's 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 Research & Development
Dr. Garth Judge joined 8x8 in 2000 as a Software Engineer for the company's Netergy Microelectronics subsidiary, in charge of the development of reference VoIP protocol stacks for Netergy's reference design platforms. Following that, Judge became Firmware Development Manager at 8x8, overseeing all software/firmware development for the 8x8 telephone terminal adaptors and the DV326 videophone. From there, he was promoted to the position of Director of Research & Development where, in addition to managing firmware development, he led the 8x8 Beta Network and Quality Assurance programs.
As Vice President of Research & Development, Judge assumes responsibility for the development of new features and expansion of all current 8x8 communication platforms, including the Virtual Office hosted PBX service, the company's flagship VoIP offering for small to medium-sized businesses.
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.
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 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.