8×8 Appoints Channel Managers, Opens East Coast Office

8×8 Inc. (EGHT), a provider of 8×8 Virtual Office and Packet8 broadband business, residential, video and mobile communications services, has announced the appointment of two new regional sales managers along with the opening of a New York-based East Coast sales office.

John Hilliard, newly appointed Northeast regional channel manager, has worked with organizations such as Nortel, MCK Communications, Bandtel, New Edge Networks and Whaleback Systems in a variety of channel sales positions. Hilliard is responsible for the development and support of channel partners in the Northeast and is based in Plymouth, Mass.

Robert Bashore, newly appointed Southeast regional channel manager, comes to 8×8 with more than 13 years of telecom channel sales and major accounts experience with companies like Mitel Inc., Inter-Tel and A-Telecom Inc. Bashore is responsible for the development and support of channel partners in the southeastern U.S. and is based in Melbourne, Fla.

Hilliard and Bashore join existing 8×8 field sales personnel Western Regional Channel Manager Tom Cooley and Central Regional Channel Manager Michael Milnamow.

8×8 also announced it has opened a New York sales office to augment the company’s direct sales organization on the East Coast. The Pittsford, N.Y. office will be managed by Vincent Mussumeci, a top performing sales agent who has been with the company since November 2006. Mussumeci has more than 14 years of business-to-business telecom experience, including his most recent position prior to 8×8 as director of business development at 5linx Enterprises Inc.

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