– USA, CA –  8×8, Inc. (NYSE:EGHT), a leading cloud provider of voice, video, chat and contact center solutions for over one million users worldwide, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Elizabeth Theophille, Chief Technology and Digital Officer at Novartis (NYSE: NVS), as a new independent director, effective immediately.

In conjunction with Theophille’s appointment, the Company announced that after 6 years, Ian Potter will step down from the Board at the end of his current term which ends on the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders.

“With over 30 years of global IT experience and transforming large customer-centric enterprises, Elizabeth brings a visionary outlook on how IT can fundamentally transform businesses, and a unique voice-of-the-customer perspective to our Board,” said Vik Verma, CEO 8×8, Inc. “As we continue to advance our technology platform across European markets, Elizabeth’s deep technology expertise and insight into the unique needs of the global enterprise will bring tremendous value to 8×8.”

“I want to thank Ian for his many contributions to the growth of 8×8 since he joined our Board in September 2013,” continued Verma. “When Ian joined 8×8, we were a traditional Voice over IP-oriented company serving the needs of mainly small business customers, and Ian has been a key proponent and supporter of the transformation of the company into a true SaaS platform for the global enterprise. We have been fortunate to benefit from Ian’s perspectives, business acumen, and advice, in particular, his contributions towards our strategy of providing our customers with a single platform for voice, video, collaboration, and contact center. We wish Ian well in his next engagement and all the best for the future.”

About Elizabeth Theophille

Theophille is a global information technology professional with a track record of using IT to transform and simplify business strategy and processes. Her leadership and service management experience include implementing cloud infrastructure and outsourcing at enterprise-scale, cybersecurity initiatives, sourcing and contract negotiations, and adopting a software-as-a-service approach to application development. Theophille is Chief Technology Officer and Digital Officer at Novartis, a global healthcare company, where she is focused on the implementation of data and digital initiatives in IT and for an end to end operational simplification programs across the organization. Prior to Novartis, she 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, 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 the International Management Center in Buckingham, U.K.

About 8×8, Inc.

8×8, Inc. cloud solutions help businesses transform their customer and employee experience. With one system of engagement for voice, video, collaboration and contact center and one system of intelligence on one technology platform, businesses can now communicate faster and smarter to exceed the speed of customer expectations.

For more information: https://www.8×8.com

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