8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), provider of innovative cloud communications and computing solutions, today announced the appointment of Darren Hakeman as Senior Vice President of Product and Strategy, a move that further strengthens its senior management team as the Company enters its next phase of growth. Hakeman is an accomplished senior executive skilled at formulating and executing strategies for market entry and growth across diverse technologies and products. He brings 20 years of management and operational experience to 8x8, defining and overseeing disciplines including corporate strategy, product management, marketing, engineering, professional services and support and international business development. “Darren is a unique and talented executive with a track record of positioning and delivering highly successful products,” said 8x8 Chief Executive Officer Vik Verma. “His expertise and strategic vision will be invaluable as 8x8 builds upon its existing success in the U.S. to serve the growing mid-market and international demand for our services. He will be a great asset to our senior management team and we are fortunate to have him on board.” Since 2009, Hakeman has 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 technologies and 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.
“8x8 is an established market leader in the Unified Communications as a Service industry and is spearheading the trend away from traditional on premise communications systems toward the adoption of cloud-based alternatives,” said Hakeman. “This foundation, combined with the huge TAM that exists for 8x8’s services, makes this one of the most compelling opportunities of my career. I’m looking forward to working with the 8x8 team as we continue to gain momentum in the industry both domestically and internationally.”About 8x8, Inc. 8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) empowers business conversations for more than 33,000 businesses with cloud communications services that include hosted PBX telephony, unified communications, call center software and video conferencing solutions. The company has been delivering business communications services since 2004 and has garnered a reputation for technical excellence and outstanding reliability. In 2012, 8x8 was named a market "leader" in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) in North America and was recognized as the No. 1 Provider of Hosted IP Telephony by Frost & Sullivan and Synergy Research Group. For additional information, visit www.8x8.com, or connect with 8x8 on Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.