Bryan Martin is 8x8’s technological visionary, leading the company’s drive to patent a range of disruptive and innovative technologies. With an excellent sense of how cloud communications transform enterprise communications and customer service, Bryan led 8x8 as CEO from its early days as a VoIP pioneer to its current position as the leading provider of Unified Communications as a Service. Before becoming CEO in 2002, he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President, Engineering Operations.
Martin holds 45 United States Patents in the fields of semiconductors, computer architecture, video processing algorithms, videophones and communications. Internet Telephony magazine named one of the “Top 100 Voices of IP Communications.” Bryan also served on the California Broadband Task Force for the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, and later became Chair of the task force’s Emerging Technologies and New Applications Working Group. Bryan is a member of the IEEE and Tau Beta Pi and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Vik Verma loves to take complex technology and translate it into products and services that create value for customers the world over. For his early work at Savi on RFID and the Internet of Things—which revolutionized worldwide container tracking and security—the World Economic Forum in Davos named him one of 2003′s top 40 “Technology Pioneers” in the world. Now Vik focuses on revolutionizing enterprise communications everywhere, with 8x8′s ground-breaking unified communications and contact center technology.
Vik previously served as Savi Technology’s Engineering VP before becoming its COO and later its president and CEO. And as President for Strategic Venture Development for Lockheed Martin, he focused on turning Lockheed Martin’s military technologies and programs into global commercial ventures ranging from seabed mining to nanomaterials. He earned engineering degrees from Florida Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, and Stanford University. He’s also completed the trifecta of top-notch management schools, earning graduate executive credentials from Stanford, Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley. His motto? “Use technology to solve real-world problems cost effectively. The rest takes care of itself.”
Major General Guy L. Hecker, Jr. has served as a director since August 1997 and lead director since January 2010. He was the founder of Stafford, Burke and Hecker, Inc., a consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia, and served as its President from 1982 to 2008. Prior to his retirement from the United States Air Force in 1982, Major General Hecker’s duties included serving as Director of the Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison and an appointment in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Research, Development and Acquisition for the Air Force. Earlier, he served as a pilot and commander in both fighter and bomber aircraft units, including command of a bomber wing and an air division. During his Air Force career, Major General Hecker was awarded a number of military decorations, including the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit (awarded twice) and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He currently serves on the board of directors of NavCom Defense Electronics. Major General Hecker received a B.A. from The Citadel, an M.A. in International Relations from George Washington University, an honorary Ph.D. in military science from The Citadel and completed the management development program at Harvard Business School.
Vladimir Jacimovic has over 25 years of investing and operating experience with high growth companies in the technology and services industry with specific expertise in the Software as a Service (SaaS), Big Data and Security segments. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Continuum Capital Partners, an investment firm that specializes in crossover investments targeting private and public technology companies. Previously, Mr. Jacimovic was a Partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a leading global venture capital firm focused on helping entrepreneurs build transformational businesses across multiple stages, sectors and geographies, and a Managing Director at Crosslink Capital, a leading stage-independent venture capital and growth equity firm. Since beginning his venture career in 1996, Mr. Jacimovic has been involved in more than 30 investments in software, communications, and technology enabled services. Mr. Jacimovic began his career with operating roles at Intel and Ingres, and later worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in the US and in Europe. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of San Francisco.
Ian Potter has served as a director since September 2013. Mr. Potter resides in Singapore and France and brings more than 25 years of international business development, management and operational experience to 8x8. From 1994 until his retirement from Morgan Stanley in 2013, Mr. Potter served the firm in various capacities, including most recently as Managing Director and supervised all aspects of the firm's commodity business in Asia while serving on a number of internal and external private company boards. During this time, he opened the group's New Delhi, Shanghai, and Tokyo offices and was responsible for developing the group's capacity across the region and expanding its product offerings. Mr. Potter is currently a Distinguished Fellow with INSEAD's Global Private Equity Initiative, a Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley and the Managing Partner of Lion City Capital Partners. Mr. Potter began his career in London and New York working for Chase Manhattan Bank N.A. where he contributed to the development of the bank's interest rate and currency derivatives businesses. He holds an MBA from INSEAD in France and a BA from Queen's University in Canada.
Eric Salzman has served as a director since February 2012. Mr. Salzman has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with expertise in M&A, private equity and special situation investing and has served as a board member or board observer on over 12 companies. From August 2011 to present, Mr. Salzman has been Managing Member of SarniHaan Capital Partners LLC, a boutique consulting firm that provides high impact strategic advice to public and private technology companies and maintains an investment banking affiliation with Monarch Capital Group, LLC. Prior to SarniHaan Capital Partners LLC, from March 2005 to August 2011, Mr. Salzman worked at Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., including as Managing Director in the Private Equity and Principal Investing Group as well as Managing Director in the Global Trading Strategies Division. Prior to Lehman Brothers, Mr. Salzman was a senior research analyst covering technology in the hedge fund industry and a private equity investment professional covering telecom in the private equity industry. Mr. Salzman began his career in the M&A Group at CS First Boston. Mr. Salzman has a B.A. Honors from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Harvard University.
Jaswinder Pal Singh has served as a director since October 2013. Since 2004, Dr. Singh has served as a Full Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. He has also served as Chairman since May 2013 and Co-Founder since October 2011 of Gwynnie Bee, Inc., an Internet technology company in the retail space. Previously, he was Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at firstRain, Inc., a SaaS provider of market intelligence solutions for the enterprise, where he led the development of award-winning technologies and products for web-based communication and information access. Dr. Singh also served as an advisor to Right Media, Inc., a SaaS online advertising exchange that was acquired by Yahoo in 2007, and later led the development of Yahoo's innovative next-generation advertising marketplace. Dr. Singh is a leading authority on Scalable Computing Systems, Infrastructure and Applications and has served as a consultant to several leading companies and agencies. He was the only computer scientist to receive the NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 1997 and was also a winner of the Sloan Research Fellowship in the same year. He is a coauthor of Parallel Computer Architecture: A Hardware-Software Approach, the leading textbook in Parallel Computing, and author of several patents and over 75 published research papers. Dr. Singh has a BSE degree from Princeton University and obtained his MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University.