8×8 hires CenturyLink veteran Bill Corbin to head channels business

8×8, a global provider of cloud phone, meeting, collaboration and contact center solutions, announced the appointment of Bill Corbin as senior vice president of Channels & Alliances.
Bill Corbin will be reporting to 8×8 chief executive officer Vikram Verma.

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Bill Corbin, Senior Vice President of Channels and Alliances at 8x8
Bill will be responsible for accelerating the company’s channel growth and momentum, and driving adoption of the X Series, the next generation enterprise system of engagement and intelligence.

“Demand from the midmarket and enterprise segment is accelerating as companies increasingly replace legacy PBX telephony systems with a cloud solution, and this migration is largely led by channel partners,” said Vik Verma, CEO at 8×8, Inc.

The 8×8 global channel program has significantly expanded in the past year. Six of 8×8’s top ten deals were contributed by channel partners, and channel bookings increased 50 percent during the third quarter of fiscal 2018, ended December 31, 2017.

8×8 is a leader in IDC’s $40.8 billion unified communications, collaboration and contact center market.

“Partners are critical to 8×8’s market leadership in the midmarket and enterprise segments, and with the positive response to the new X Series from customers, investors and analysts, we will continue to invest in our partner growth to drive X Series adoption,” Bill Corbin, senior vice president of Channels & Alliances at 8×8, said.

Bill Corbin joins 8×8 from CenturyLink where he oversaw all aspects of $3 billion in partner revenue as the senior vice president, Alliances and Strategic Partnerships, and led a team of 400 employees.

Prior to CenturyLink, Bill Corbin was executive vice president, Global Sales & Partner Management at Westcon Group, a value-added distributor of solutions in security, collaboration, networking and data center.

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