The Board of Directors of 8x8, Inc. (the "Company") sets high standards for the Company's employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the Company's business. To fulfill its responsibilities and to discharge its duty, the Board of Directors follows the procedures and standards that are set forth in these guidelines. These guidelines are subject to modification from time to time as the Board of Directors deems appropriate in the best interests of the Company or as required by applicable laws and regulations.

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Management Team

Samuel Wilson, Interim Chief Executive Officer

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Sam brings more than 25 years of experience in financial analysis, investment management and sales to drive 8x8's business forward. Having held multiple leadership positions with the company, Sam possesses in-depth knowledge of the growth and expense drivers of the business.

Most recently, Sam served as 8x8's Chief Financial Officer, responsible for leading the company's financial strategy and overseeing the Company’s accounting and financial reporting, planning, tax and treasury functions, as well as investments in 8x8's SaaS platform and future growth. 

Prior to his role as CFO, Sam served as 8x8's Chief Customer Officer, where he managed the complete customer lifecycle globally, including professional services, implementation, customer support and the enablement teams. He previously managed 8x8’s strategic business initiatives and expansion into the UK and Europe, in addition to his role as 8x8’s SVP for the global small business, eCommerce and US mid-market sales.

Sam joined 8x8 in 2017 from MobileIron where he was instrumental in taking the company public and part of the team that grew annual billings from $26 million to $200 million, including building and leading their eCommerce business. Prior to MobileIron, he spent 14 years in technology banking, both as an analyst covering communications and as an institutional investor. He is an internationally recognized financial expert, Chartered Financial Analyst and former top-rated Wall Street analyst.

Sam is also a veteran, having served in the US Army. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Seattle University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Amrit Chaudhuri, Chief Marketing Officer

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Amrit Chaudhuri serves as 8x8’s Chief Marketing Officer.

Amrit is a recognized leader in the cloud industry, bringing nearly 20 years of experience taking cloud and SaaS solutions to market and driving revenue, adoption, and market share growth. As CMO, he is responsible for expanding 8x8’s leadership in the combined unified communications and contact center market for businesses of all sizes.

Most recently, Amrit led marketing at RingCentral. Previously, he led marketing for Oracle’s Cloud Platform portfolio ($5B+ business), and was responsible for setting the leadership vision and execution strategy to drive growth and adoption for Oracle's PaaS and IaaS services.

Amrit holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.

Lisa Del Real, Global Channel Chief

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Lisa Del Real serves as 8x8’s Global Channel Chief.

Del Real is a recognized channel executive in the cloud communications industry, leading and scaling global channel programs. She was most recently Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at RingCentral. Del Real has also won numerous channel awards, including being named by CRN as one of The Most Powerful Women Of The Channel 2021: Power 100, and a Circle of Excellence Winner by Channel Futures. Prior to RingCentral, Del Real held executive positions in the financial services industry.

Del Real holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Laurence Denny, Chief Legal Officer

Laurence (Larry) Denny serves as 8x8’s Chief Legal Officer, and is responsible for overseeing the company’s global legal, regulatory, privacy, and compliance efforts, as well as serving as the corporate secretary.

Larry has served in legal leadership roles at technology companies for most of his career. He previously served as Chief Compliance Officer of 8x8, Inc. from June 2022 until being promoted to CLO and served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary of 8x8 from April 2019, with responsibility for the Company’s global legal efforts focused on corporate, litigation, employment, procurement, and compliance.

Prior to joining 8x8, Larry held senior legal positions at Extreme Networks, a network equipment company, and TiVo Corporation (and its predecessor TiVo, Inc.), a maker of digital entertainment devices and content aggregation, discovery, and recommendation engines, and was an associate at the law firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Morrison Foerster LLP.  Larry holds a J.D. from the Columbia School of Law and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Irvine.

Meghan Keough, Senior Vice President, Product and Solutions Marketing

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Meghan Keough serves as 8x8’s Senior Vice President of Corporate & Product Marketing She brings more than 20 years of global technology leadership experience to 8x8 from both large enterprise software companies such as Siebel and Oracle as well as high growth start-ups such as SignalDemand and PROS. As SVP of Corporate and Product Marketing, Meghan utilizes her experience in product marketing, product management, marketing and alliances to lead 8x8’s go-to-market strategy and execution. Meghan began her career as a technology consultant for Accenture and has an undergraduate degree from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School where she graduated with honors.

Kevin Kraus, Interim Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Kraus is responsible for the 8x8’s financial planning and operations. Mr. Kraus has served as the Senior Vice President of Finance at the company since October 2019, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s financial planning & analysis and procurement functions. 

Prior to joining 8x8, Mr. Kraus served as Vice President of Finance for Imperva, a cyber security software company, from 2018 until 2019 and Senior Director of Finance for Gigamon, a network visibility and traffic monitoring technology company, from 2015 until 2017, with responsibilities for financial planning and analysis, procurement, facilities management, SEC reporting support and investor relations support, sales compensation operations, and M&A integration.

Mr. Kraus is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick and an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University.

Bryan R. Martin, Chief Technology Officer

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Bryan Martin serves as 8x8’s Chief Technology Officer.

Bryan is 8x8’s technological visionary, leading the company’s drive to patent a range of disruptive and innovative technologies. With an incredible sense of how cloud communications transform enterprise communications and customer service, he 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.

Bryan holds 65 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. He is a member of the IEEE and Tau Beta Pi and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Hunter Middleton, Ph.D, Chief Product Officer

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Hunter Middleton serves as 8x8’s Chief Product Officer.

He leads product management and design at 8x8, including all of the company’s integrated cloud communication, contact center, and video collaboration solutions.

Hunter is an experienced product management leader with an 21-year record of creating engaging, industry leading telecommunications, social collaboration and enterprise software applications. He joined 8x8 from Jive Software where he was Vice President and Head of Product Management, leading the continued innovation of the enterprise social collaboration application used by many of the largest global companies.

Prior to Jive, Hunter was the Head of Product Management at Google for Work Systems, and led the Google Apps Enterprise product team as it grew G-Suite to serve over one million companies worldwide. Hunter earned his Ph.D in Physics from Princeton University, and holds a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.

Mehdi Salour, Senior Vice President, Global Network and Development Operations

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Mehdi Salour serves as 8x8’s Senior Vice President of Global Network and Development Operations.

He is a super-ninja when it comes to global networks and DevOps. Medhi leads 8x8′s global network, data center, and security operations, enabling enterprise-grade service delivery to be a key differentiation for the company. In addition, as 8x8 increasingly supports the growing needs of mid-market and enterprise customers, he is chartered with spearheading the company’s DevOps cultural transformation to accelerate the delivery of innovative features and services.

Prior to this role at 8x8, Mehdi led the company’s network operations, service deployment, customer support and success organizations, and met the demands of customers- across SMB to mid-market and enterprise. He has been with 8x8 since the inception of the VoIP and UCaaS services, and has played a major role in developing the company’s CRM strategy as it transitioned from an OEM technology company to a customer-centric service provider. Under his leadership, 8x8 has built a world-class global cloud service delivery and network infrastructure, resulting in increased customer satisfaction and low churn.

Mehdi gained his real-world experience with enterprise networks through various other 8x8 positions, including IT Network Engineer, Network Operations Engineer, Manager of Technical Support, Director of Technical Support and Vice President of Network Operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s in software engineering with specialization in networking software and security. He holds over 20 patents.

Suzy Seandel, Chief Accounting Officer

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Suzy Seandel serves as 8x8’s Chief Accounting Officer.

Seandel has more than 20 years of experience leading global accounting operations at technology companies, and is responsible for the company’s global accounting organization, including SEC reporting, tax, revenue, treasury, risk management, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Prior to joining 8x8, Seandel served as Vice President and Corporate Controller at Barracuda Networks where she participated in M&A and integration, business process improvement, and financial system implementation. Prior to Barracuda Networks, she served as Chief Accounting Officer at Cavium Inc., where she was a key member of the executive team and responsible for worldwide accounting, treasury, risk management, and SEC reporting. Seandel also held positions of increasing responsibility at several other publicly traded companies, and spent nearly five years at Deloitte & Touche in assurance and audit services.

Jamie Snaddon, General Counsel, Europe and Managing Director, EMEA

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Jamie joined 8x8 in 2016 as European General Counsel and was promoted to Managing Director, EMEA in July 2020. He brings a wealth of legal experience and knowledge to 8x8. Having achieved his law degree at the University of Sydney, he has worked as a private-practice solicitor and also held a range of senior in-house legal roles. In his current role at 8x8 as Managing Director, he focuses on regional strategy, improving profitability and increasing market share, while ensuring customers remain at the heart of all operations. Additionally, Jamie continues to lead the European legal team, supporting commercial, regulatory and compliance activities across all departments.

Dan Timpson, Senior Vice President, Engineering

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Dan Timpson serves as 8x8’s Senior Vice President of Engineering.

Dan joins 8x8 with a proven track record of leading global R&D teams. Most recently, he served as the Chief Technology Officer at Kaseya, where he led product development, security, and SaaS operations. Before that, he led technology strategy as the CTO at DigiCert, Inc.

Dan holds technology innovation patents as well as a Masters of Business Administration and Technology Management from Westminster College.

Walt Weisner, Chief Customer Officer

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Walt Weisner serves as 8x8’s Chief Customer Officer.

He is a seasoned customer care leader in the SaaS industry with more than two decades of senior management experience with some of Silicon Valley's most successful companies.

As Chief Customer Officer, Walt is responsible for the end-to-end experience for 8x8 customers globally, overseeing professional services, implementation, and customer support and enablement. He most recently served as Chief Customer Officer at BlueJeans Network/Verizon, where he helped transform the global customer care organization and deliver consistent world class customer experience to BlueJeans customers and partners.

Prior to that, Walt was Senior Vice President of Global Customer Care at RingCentral, where he was responsible for delivering best in class service and support to RingCentral’s customers and channel partners. He has also held executive leadership positions at ServiceNow, Shoretel, and WebEx, where he developed and implemented highly successful global post-sales service, support and success organizations.

Jeanette Winters, Chief Human Resources Officer

Jeanette Winters serves as 8x8’s Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for the entire employee life cycle including talent management, diversity and inclusion, organizational development, compensation, culture, and leadership.

Jeanette has led corporate human resources, including talent management, diversity and inclusion, organizational development, and enterprise learning functions at global Fortune 500 organizations, including Intel, American Express, Pitney Bowes and Amgen. Immediately prior to her appointment as CHRO at 8x8, Jeanette was chief talent officer and managing partner at Winters Advisory Group, an HR consultancy, and served as 8x8's interim chief human resources officer.

Jeanette holds a doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a Masters of Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from American University in Washington, D.C. She is a certified Executive Coach from the Hudson Institute and a certified Talent Optimization Consultant. She also holds a certificate in neuroscience and leadership from the NeuroLeadership Institute, and is certified in the Neurolink suite of tools.

Board of Directors

Jaswinder Pal Singh, Chairman of the Board

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Jaswinder Pal Singh has served as a director since October 2013 and Chairman of the Board since December 2020. 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.

Member of the Nominating and Governance Committee
Member of the Compensation Committee

Monique Bonner

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Ms. Bonner is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Akamai, where she focused on driving growth and operational excellence. She led Akamai’s marketing efforts globally including brand, communications, field and digital marketing, as well as the company’s sales and services training and enablement programs.

Ms. Bonner has over 20 years of marketing and operations experience leveraging digital technologies, big data, and advanced analytics to drive efficient and effective marketing at scale. Prior to Akamai, Ms. Bonner spent 16 years at Dell Technologies in global leadership roles, including Americas marketing, global brand, digital innovation. She spent seven years in Europe leading both sales and marketing for Dell’s European business.

Ms. Bonner is the founder of Addison West and serves on the Board of Directors of Leaf Home and Agero. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and her Master of Business from the University of Michigan.

Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee
Member of the Audit Committee

Todd Ford

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Todd Ford served as President and Chief Financial Officer at Coupa Software (NASDAQ: COUP), a leader in Business Spend Management, where he oversaw the company’s financial strategy and operations.

Before Coupa, Mr. Ford served as Chief Financial Officer of MobileIron, where he led the company through a successful IPO in 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Ford served as Chief Financial Officer and President of Rackable Systems Inc. (acquired by HPE) where he led the start-up from $20 million in revenue to more than $350 million in revenues as a publicly traded company.

Mr. Ford also serves as the Lead Independent Director of HashiCorp and serves as a board member of Arctic Wolf. He also held various management and financial positions with several technology companies. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from Santa Clara University.

Chair of the Audit Committee
Member of the Compensation Committee

Alison Gleeson

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Alison Gleeson was Senior Vice President of the Americas organization, the largest of Cisco's four geographic regions, responsible for more than $25 billion in annual sales for the company and leading nearly 9,000 employees across 35 countries. In more than 20 years at Cisco, Ms. Gleeson has led several top-performing organizations by focusing on a customer-first mentality, building go-to-market and data-driven initiatives, and strengthening Cisco’s relationships with top partners. This includes theaters in Canada, Latin America, US Commercial, US Public Sector, as well as the Global Enterprise Segment which included Cisco’s top 28 customers.

Ms. Gleeson is also a highly-regarded international speaker on the drivers for digital disruption across industries, the role of technology in enabling business transformation, and empowering women in technology. She maintains a commitment to professional development and inclusion and diversity in the workplace. In 2018, she received Connected World’s “Woman of IoT” award for her role in advancing the field. In 2017, she received Diversity Best Practices’ “Above and Beyond Legacy Award” and Michigan Council for Women in Technology’s “Woman of the Year Award” for her work in advancing women in IT roles. She was the Global Executive Sponsor and Board President for Cisco's Connected Women's Network, an organization with 7,000 members worldwide.

Ms. Gleeson currently serves on the Board of Directors for Elastic (NYSE: ESTC), a public company with corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California as well as ZoomInfo (NASDAQ: ZI) a public company headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. In addition, she serves on The Eli Broad College of Business Advisory Board of Directors for her alma mater, Michigan State University. She is an active Investor, Portfolio Committee Member, and Advisor to Brighton Park Capital headquartered in Greenwich, CT.

Eric Salzman

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Mr. Salzman joined Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. in 2020 as its Chief Restructuring Officer and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Since August 2011, Mr. Salzman has been Managing Director of SarniHaan Capital Partners LLC, a boutique consulting firm that provides high impact strategic advice to public and private technology companies. Mr. Salzman has a 25-year track record of partnering with public and private growth companies as an investor, board member, and strategic advisor. He has worked in M&A, restructuring, growth, and special situations investing at several investment banks and private equity funds, including Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Salzman’s industry experience includes technology, software, communications, defense, medical devices, manufacturing, and business services. Mr. Salzman has served as an independent director, executive chairman, non-executive chairman, audit committee chairman, compensation committee chairman, and M&A committee chairman at over 25 public and private companies, including portfolio companies of Carlyle Group, Blackstone, and Francisco Partners. Past board positions include Zenefits, Carnegie Learning, ColorEdge, Capstone Nutrition, FragranceNet, Centinel Spine, ASG Technologies, Sorenson Communications, Syncardia Systems, ShoreTel, and Firth Rixson. He currently serves as an independent director at Leonardo DRS, Inc. At 8x8, Mr. Salzman serves as an independent director, member of the Audit Committee, and Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Salzman earned a B.A. Honors from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard University

Chair of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Nominating and Governance Committee

Elizabeth Theophille

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Elizabeth Theophille is Chief Technology and Digital Officer at Novartis (NYSE: NVS), a global healthcare company. Ms. Theophille is a global information technology professional with a strong track record of using technology to transform how the business operates, creating new value and growth. Her leadership and service management experience include implementing cloud infrastructure and outsourcing at enterprise scale, cyber security initiatives, sourcing and contract negotiations, and adopting a software-as-a-service (SaaS) approach to application development. Her digital transformation experience includes building data and advanced analytics platforms, AI and Robotics Process Automation at enterprise scale. In her role at Novartis, she is focused on the implementation of data and digital initiatives in IT and for end to end operational simplification programs across the organization. Prior to Novartis, Ms. Theophille spent five years at Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia moving from Chief Technology Officer to Group Chief Information Officer following Nokia’s acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. Earlier in her career, Ms. Theophille worked for major global corporations including Capgemini S.A., BP International, Sita Equant and Vivendi Universal in information technology leadership roles, and has lived in the United Kingdom, United States, France and Switzerland. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from International Management Center in Buckingham, U.K.

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