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April 19, 2006

Joe Parkinson Re-joins 8x8, Inc.�s Board of Directors

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Associate Editor

8x8, Inc., provider of Packet8 VoIP service, announced today the appointment of Joe Parkinson to its Board of Directors.
Parkinson retired as CEO/President of 8x8 in January 1998, and he previously held posts as both Chairman and Vice Chairman on the company’s board.
“We are very pleased to welcome Joe Parkinson back as a member of the 8x8 Board of Directors,” said Bryan Martin, 8x8’s Chairman and CEO, in a statement to the press. “Mr. Parkinson's business and leadership skills will benefit 8x8 as we solidify our position as one of the industry's leading independent VoIP service providers.”

Prior to his roles at 8x8, Parkinson was co-founder of semiconductor manufacturer Micron Technology, where he served as president and then chairman and CEO, retiring in 1994.
During his time at Micron, was a board member of the Semiconductor Industry Association, and helped found Sematech (a private-governmental research consortium).
Parkinson continues to be active in the industry and elsewhere. In addition to his current post to 8x8’s board, he is employed part-time by the company, and is involved with Advance Nanotech, Inc., Yew Technology, Inc., First American Title Holding Company, and Tulane University.
Mae Kowalke previously wrote for Cleveland Magazine in Ohio and The Burlington Free Press in Vermont. To see more of her articles, please visit Mae Kowalke’s columnist page.


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