Voxbone hires former Cisco cloud chief Meggers as board member
Jens Meggers, Cisco’s former cloud collaboration head, has joined the board of enterprise communications company Voxbone.
Meggers left Cisco, where he was senior VP and general manager for cloud collaboration, in January 2018. He is now chief operations officer of a Santa Clara-based cloud company, Huddl.ai.
“Voxbone is quite possibly the best kept secret in cloud communications,” said Meggers. “The team has disrupted how communications are consumed; now, it powers the entire communication industry as well as businesses worldwide. Voxbone is changing the global communications landscape and I am excited to join a company that communications players can’t do without.”
Voxbone has customers such as Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Skype and Telefónica for which it provides on-demand virtual numbers, voice and SMS services.
CEO Itay Rosenfeld said: “Jens is one of the rare individuals who has successfully brought complex, critical cloud services to enterprise users on a massive scale and across several domains, such as communications and cyber security. A seasoned executive, he not only commands respect in the communications industry, but he’s also a great person to work with. We feel privileged to have him on board.”
With a masters degree and a PhD in computer science from the German university RWTH Aachen, where he conducted research in 3G/4G mobile internet applications and video and audio transmission over networks with variable service capabilities, Meggers also has several patents in data communications and security.
At Cisco, where he worked for four years, he was responsible for managing its cloud-focused portfolio of voice, video and web conferencing services. He previously spent 12 years at Symantec.
Meanwhile Voxbone has released its first report on diversity and inclusion, showing that 29% of its leadership team is female, compared to the Silicon Valley average of 14%. Across the company as a whole, 33% of managers are female, and 34.9% of the global workforce is female.
“Tech companies are unanimous in their calls for a more inclusive workplace and are trying hard to improve diversity for good reason,” said Rosenfeld.
“There’s a clear upside to employing a workforce made up of people with drastically different backgrounds. At Voxbone, we have more than 160 employees encompassing 34 nationalities and continue working to achieve gender equality at all levels. The secret is to look for diversity outside of a single facet such as gender, and think holistically so that you’re including everything – LBGTQ+, religion, background.”