As it enters its next phase of growth, 8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) today announced the appointment of Vikram Verma, an accomplished global business executive and member of the 8x8 Board of Directors, as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Former CEO Bryan Martin will assume the role of Chief Technology Officer and will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
“8x8 has been an innovator in the industry and today is the leading provider of Unified Communications as a Service solutions,” said 8x8 Chairman of the Board and CTO Bryan Martin “Our next frontier is to scale domestically and globally to better serve our current multi-national customers as well as to bring our cloud communications services into new markets worldwide.”
“I’m looking forward to working with Vik and the rest of the management team to achieve these goals,” added Martin. “With a solid foundation in place, we now have a real opportunity to capture the growing mid-size and international market for our services. The expertise Vik brings in guiding growth technology companies on a global basis is what 8x8 needs to accelerate this plan.”
8x8 Lead Board Director Major General (Ret.) Guy Hecker said, ”After working closely with Vik for the past year and a half on the Board of Directors, the Board unanimously believes he brings the management, operational and international expertise to lead the Company through this next stage. Combined with Bryan’s technological vision and deep knowledge of the industry, 8x8 will be well equipped to aggressively pursue its strategic business objectives.”
Mr. Verma, who has served on 8x8’s Board of Directors since being recruited by Mr. Martin and General Hecker in January 2012, brings over 23 years of diverse executive experience to 8x8, including President of Strategic Venture Development at Lockheed Martin and Chairman of the Board and CEO of Savi Technology. As a member of the 8x8 Board, Mr. Verma has been instrumental in working with management to define the Company’s strategic plan for continued profitable growth through increased mid-market penetration, global expansion and ongoing investment in innovative unified and mobile communications services.