8x8 Strengthens Management Team With Appointment of Darren Hakeman as Senior
Vice President of Product & Strategy
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- September 12, 2013
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,
visitwww.8x8.com, or connect with 8x8 on Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn and
Joan Citelli, 408-654-0970
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