“We are thrilled to welcome Hamid to the Vonage Board of Directors. His deep and versatile technology, enterprise and communications experience will add significant strategic insight to our board,” said Alan Masarek, Vonage CEO. “Hamid’s proven ability to find new sources of growth and to look ahead for new opportunities in the rapidly evolving communications industry will serve Vonage well as we continue on our journey to become the global leader in cloud communications for business.”
At Unify, a $2 billion private equity-backed joint venture between the Gores Group and Siemens, he spearheaded significant turnaround and restructuring efforts to reposition the company from a traditional PBX manufacturer to a cloud-based provider of enterprise communications solutions.
Prior to joining T-Mobile, Akhavan served as CTO and CIO at Teligent, an international broadband fixed and wireless access company, and held various executive-level positions at other technology companies. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from CalTech, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT.
“It is an honor to join Vonage’s talented Board at such a transformative time in the company’s history, but also during a period of significant growth in an industry that is evolving very rapidly,” Akhavan said. “Vonage has successfully built upon its roots and strengths as a consumer VoIP company and accelerated its transformation into a leader in cloud communications for business. I look forward to drawing upon my experience and working with the Board and the Vonage management team to help continue this positive momentum and drive Vonage’s continued success.”
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