8x8 Management Team
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 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 48 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.
Mary Ellen Genovese
Chief Financial Officer
Mary Ellen Genovese is Chief Financial Officer at 8x8. Ms. Genovese brings over 25 years of executive experience, including serving as CFO of publicly-traded Trimble Navigation Limited, the leading provider of advanced location-based solutions, building and overseeing strong financial infrastructures and systems, managing acquisitions, driving greater operational efficiencies for growing public companies and establishing strong relationships with the investment community. She most recently served as 8x8′s Senior Vice President of Human Resources and, prior to that, was a consultant to the Company and an advisor to the Company’s Board of Directors Compensation Committee.
Before joining 8x8, Ms. Genovese 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 CFO of Savi Technology, a leading provider of RFID systems and solutions to track cargo containers and their content globally via both public and private clouds. While at Savi, Ms. Genovese led the negotiating team in closing a strategic joint venture with Hutchison Port Holdings, a subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa, and she prepared the company for a possible IPO event that culminated with the acquisition of Savi by Lockheed Martin. Prior to Savi, from 2000 to 2004, Ms. Genovese was Chief Financial Officer at Trimble Navigation. While she was Trimble’s CFO, the company grew revenues from $271 million to $669 million and maintained strong GAAP operating earnings and positive cash flow growth. Ms. Genovese was also instrumental as CFO in completing numerous acquisitions, securing financing, driving the company’s cost reduction programs, and standardizing global policies and system-wide financial reporting capabilities. She played a key role in negotiating the strategic acquisition of Spectra Precision Group, a laser and optical company, for $294 million in 2000. Between 1992 and 2000, Ms. Genovese worked at Trimble in a succession of other increasingly responsible executive positions, including vice president of finance, corporate controller, business unit controller and controller of manufacturing operations. She holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Fairfield University and received her CPA license from the State of Connecticut.
Chief Marketing Officer
Enzo Signore, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, is responsible for the strategy and execution of 8x8’s global marketing efforts. Mr. Signore brings over 20 years of marketing, product management, sales and business development experience with industry-leading communications and technology vendors to 8x8. He was most recently Vice President of Worldwide Enterprise Solutions and Field Marketing at Avaya where he was responsible for defining, positioning and marketing Avaya’s entire multi-billion dollar enterprise portfolio spanning Unified Communication and Collaboration, Video Collaboration, Customer Experience Management, Networking as well as Private Cloud Services. Before that, he served as Vice President, UC Product Management at Avaya where he led the product strategy and go to market plan for the company’s UC Core portfolio.
Prior to Avaya, Mr. Signore served as Vice President of Asia-Pacific Sales and Worldwide Sales Operations for optical communications component supplier JDSU, where he rapidly grew the business across the entire region. He was also Vice President of Corporate Marketing at JDSU and successfully re-branded the company as the leader in Broadband and Optical Innovation. Prior to JDSU, Mr. Signore was Senior Director of Marketing for Cisco’s Broadband Access portfolio. In this role he grew the business from inception to a multi-hundred million dollar operation. Prior to Cisco, Mr. Signore held business development and engineering positions at ISOCOR, Inc. and Retix, Inc. Mr. Signore holds a Masters degree in Telecommunications and Computer Science (Summa Cum Laude) from Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
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.
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.
Senior Vice President of Global Sales
Puneet Arora is Senior Vice President of Global Sales. An accomplished senior executive skilled at building, leading and scaling sales organizations for SaaS and enterprise software industry leaders, Arora brings nearly 20 years of management and sales experience to 8x8. Most recently Arora was Vice President, Head of North American Sales at LivePerson where he managed all aspects of demand generation, revenue creation and customer success across a diverse array of accounts ranging from small businesses to large enterprises. Prior he managed Cloud CRM Sales for North America West at Oracle, where he was responsible for sales and customer success for the western third of the continent. He joined Oracle from Salesforce.com where was Vice President Corporate Sales where he led sales and customer success for the Southeast U.S. Earlier in his career, Mr. Arora spent over 10 years in leading enterprise software companies like BlueRoads, Selectica and Trilogy where he led a successful career as an Enterprise Sales executive leading teams and opening new markets. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University and is pursuing an MBA from Babson College’s Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business.
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.