8x8, Inc. Appoints Samuel Wilson as Chief Financial Officer
Campbell, CA, USA, June 9, 2020 -- 8x8, Inc. (NYSE: EGHT), an integrated cloud communications platform, announced the appointment of Samuel (Sam) Wilson to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Wilson succeeds Steven Gatoff, who will remain with the company until the fall to support a seamless transition.
Wilson joined 8x8 in September 2017, most recently serving as Chief Customer Officer and Managing Director of EMEA. As Chief Customer Officer, Wilson brought more than 20 years of sales, operations, and service experience to manage the complete customer lifecycle globally, including professional services, implementation, customer support, and enablement teams. Prior to that, Wilson served as Senior Vice President where he had responsibility for global eCommerce and small business, as well as U.S. mid-market sales. Previously, Wilson was at MobileIron where he was instrumental in taking the company public and part of the team that grew annual billings. Wilson is a finance expert, investor, former top-rated Wall Street analyst and Chartered Financial Analyst.
"Our current strategy is focused on profitability, execution and maximizing growth for innovation," said Vik Verma, CEO of 8x8, Inc. "Sam is both an exceptional financial leader and an operational expert, and his intimate familiarity with all aspects of our strategy and business has helped him oversee 8x8’s eCommerce and small and medium business operations. Over the last six months, he has worked to transform the cost structure of our support and services organization through self-service and automation initiatives as our Chief Customer Officer. Importantly, in his new role as CFO, Sam will continue to be a key contributor to the acceleration of our SaaS strategy."
"I’ve had the pleasure of working directly with Sam both at MobileIron and 8x8. He is both a skilled finance expert and an exceptionally strong leader. 8x8 has a deep bench of talent, and the board could not be more excited to have Sam as CFO. The company is now even better positioned to capitalize on its tremendous market opportunities for growth and deliver shareholder value," said Todd Ford, 8x8 Board Member and Audit Committee Chair.
Verma further commented, "On behalf of 8x8, I want to thank Steven for his service to this company as we laid the foundation for this transition. He moved us forward into a true SaaS operating model, and built a strong and seasoned finance team to support future growth on our new, enhanced platform, and we wish him well."
"I am honored to take on this new role with 8x8," said Wilson. "The cloud communications industry is at a unique inflection point and 8x8 is well-positioned to lead the business world into a more connected, resilient, and secure future. I look forward to building on recent successes including our strategic acquisitions, improved go-to-market strategy, and greater traction in the channel to help drive further operational excellence and growth for this incredible company."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
Date Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2020
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