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8x8, Inc. Management

Vik Verma
Chief Executive Officer
Vik Verma - 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), where he helped pioneer the Internet of Things (IoT) by using RFID tags to track cargo containers and their content globally via both public and private clouds. This technology was widely adopted and became the standard for major defense and commercial customers throughout the world. Savi was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2006. 

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 the Tau Beta Pi - Williams Fellow award and recognition by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as a “Technology Pioneer.”

Bryan R. Martin
Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer
Bryan Martin

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.

Dan Weirich
Chief Financial Officer
Dan Weirich - President and 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.
Darren Hakeman 
Senior Vice President of Product & Strategy
Darren Hakeman - 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.

Mehdi Salour
Senior Vice President of Network Operations and Support
Mehdi Salour - Senior Vice President of Network Operations and Support

Mehdi Salour, Senior Vice President of Network Operations and Support, oversees 8x8's global network and data center operations, including 8x8's Network Operations Center (NOC) in San Jose, California which monitors the company's global network on a 24x7 basis. In this role, Salour also oversees 8x8's customer support and success organization and is responsible for the entire customer experience from the deployment of services to the ongoing service delivery.

Previously, Salour served as 8x8's Vice President of Network Operations, responsible for 8x8's global production network and quality assurance program, and Vice President of Service Delivery and Support, where he played an instrumental role in developing the Customer Relationship Management strategy while 8x8 was transitioning from an OEM technology company to a customer-centric service provider. Before that, he served 8x8 in various other positions including IT Network Engineer, Network Operations Engineer, Manager of Technical Support and Director of Technical Support.

Salour holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Software Engineering with concentrations in networking software and security.

Mary Ellen Genovese
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Mary Ellen Genovese - Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Mary Ellen Genovese is Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Mary Ellen brings over 25 years of strong leadership and management experience focused on business results with a strong commitment to employees. She is responsible for overseeing 8x8's human resources function, including the development and implementation of the company's global employee programs, recruitment, talent management, compensation & benefits plans, and helping to shape the company's corporate culture.

Prior to joining 8x8, Mary Ellen served as a consultant to a Fortune 50 global security company where she evaluated potential technologies to license or spinout with the intent of unlocking value to under utilized assets. From 2004 through 2006, she was the Chief Financial Officer of Savi Technology, a leading provider of RFID systems and solutions, where she was responsible for accounting, management reporting, investor financing, planning and budgeting, human resources, information technologies, legal, and facilities. While at Savi, Mary Ellen led the negotiating team in closing a strategic joint venture with Hutchison Port Holdings, a subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa, and prepared the company for a possible IPO event that culminated with the acquisition of Savi Technology by Lockheed Martin. Prior to Savi, Mary Ellen was Chief Financial Officer at Trimble Navigation, the leading provider of advanced location-based solutions. Mary Ellen holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Fairfield University and received her CPA license from the State of Connecticut.

Kevin Scott-Cowell
CEO, 8x8 Solutions UK
Kevin Scott-Cowell - CEO, 8x8 Solutions UK

Kevin Scott-Cowell, CEO of 8x8 Solutions UK, manages 8x8’s activities in the UK and Europe and brings over 25 years of experience in the telecom sector.

Prior to joining the 8x8 team, Kevin was CEO of Voicenet Solutions Limited from 2010 up until the acquisition of the business by 8x8 in November 2013. During this time, he led the team that doubled the size of the business and positioned it as the leading independent provider of hosted communications services in the UK, being recognised by Deloitte in their Technology Fast 500 EMEA awards.

His previous industry experience covered the management of high volume endpoint manufacturing operations at BT and Nortel, the build and rollout of mobile networks in the UK with Ericsson, and the development of support services covering IT, mobile handsets and cable and satellite TV at AIM listed CRC Group PLC. He has also held a number of other director level positions at GEC Marconi and Tyco International. Kevin has a Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Bradford, an MBA from Cardiff University, is and is a chartered engineer.