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8x8 Appoints Ben Taft as Vice President of Inside Sales



  8x8 Appoints Ben Taft as Vice President of Inside Sales

Business Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- May 2, 2013

8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), provider of innovative, cloud-based communications
and computing solutions, today announced the appointment of Ben Taft to the
position of Vice President of Inside Sales, reporting to 8x8 President Kim
Niederman.

As Vice President of Inside Sales, Taft will manage a world-class sales
organization, building upon existing industry-defining programs, initiatives
and practices while working in tandem with marketing, product development and
customer support to maintain the company’s market leading position in the
hosted PBX and unified communications industry.

An accomplished B2B technology sales, marketing and business development
executive with over 15 years experience, Taft most recently served as Senior
Director, Global Sales Strategy & Transformation at Brocade where he
constructed and managed the strategy for sales and customer engagement
employed by a worldwide sales organization. Prior to that, as Sr. Director,
Global Inside Sales at Brocade, Taft was responsible for building the
company’s global inside sales organization, including CRM systems, call center
technology, sales training and best-in-practice sales and lead qualification
processes. Before Brocade, Taft spent nearly ten years at Foundry Networks as
Vice President Corporate Marketing & Alliances and Director, Global Sales &
Field Operations. At Foundry, Taft provided leadership for corporate branding,
messaging, promotion and industry thought leadership and worked closely with
product management to develop and market a technology roadmap to facilitate
new market entry and better serve existing customer base.

“Ben is not only proficient in building and managing inside sales teams across
the globe, he’s also an exceptionally strategic and visionary executive whose
talent and expertise will serve the entire company well as we continue to lead
the industry in technological innovation, market share and customer
satisfaction,” said 8x8 President Kim Niederman. “I’m thrilled to welcome Ben
to the 8x8 team and look forward to continued growth and success with him
leading our world class sales organization.”

“8x8 has shown remarkable growth on all fronts – revenue, market share and
profitability – and yet there remains a massive opportunity ahead to capture a
greater share of the largely untapped business communications market that has
not yet transitioned to cloud-based solutions,” said Taft. “This is truly an
exciting time to join a company like 8x8 that has already made a mark for
itself in the industry but has not yet hit the tip of the iceberg. I am proud
to have been chosen for this critical role in the 8x8 organization.”

About 8x8, Inc.

8x8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) empowers business conversations for more than 30,000
small and medium-sized 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 Facebook, LinkedIn and
Twitter.

Contact:

8x8, Inc.
Joan Citelli, 408-654-0970
jcitelli@8x8.com
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