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Vik VermaChief Executive Officer8x8, Inc.

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.”