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Vik Verma

Vik Verma loves to take complex technology and create products and services that deliver value for customers worldwide. For his work at Savi Technology on RFID and the Internet of Things-which revolutionized container tracking and security-the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2003 named Vik one of 40 'Technology Pioneers.' Now, Vik focuses on revolutionizing enterprise communications, with 8x8's ground-breaking cloud unified communications and contact center technology.

Vik began his 26-year executive career with startup Savi Technology, where he was one of its first employees. He joined the company as a design engineer straight out of Stanford and then quickly rose through the ranks, first as VP of Engineering and then COO. As COO, he played a leading role in negotiating the sale of Savi to Texas Instruments. Subsequently promoted to CEO, Vik in partnership with leading VCs from Silicon Valley and Asia, led the management buyout of the company. Later, he re-engineered the business, quadrupled its size, executed a joint venture with Hutchison Whampoa, and sold it to Lockheed Martin. At Lockheed Martin, as President of Strategic Venture Development, Vik focused on turning the company's military technologies and programs into global commercial ventures ranging from seabed mining to nanomaterials.

Vik earned engineering degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan and Stanford University. He completed the trifecta of top management schools earning graduate executive credentials from Stanford, Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley. He also has been awarded 8 patents and was named a Tau Beta Pi Williams Fellow. His motto: 'Use technology to cost effectively solve real-world problems. The rest takes care of itself'