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Hamid Akhavan elected to Vonage board of directors

VonageVonage Holdings Corp., a provider of cloud communications for business, has elected Hamid Akhavan to serve as a member of its board of directors.

Mr. Akhavan has nearly 30 years of Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) experience, with proven CEO and Board of Director experience at organizations spanning from large public corporations, to private equity-funded companies, to startups.

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A senior executive with vast enterprise experience leading companies and organizations of substantial scale and complexity on a global basis, Mr. Akhavan is currently a partner at Long Arc Capital, a private equity firm specializing in disruptive technology investments.

Prior to joining Long Arc Capital, Mr. Akhavan was CEO of Unify, Inc., a private equity-backed joint venture between the Gores Group and Siemens, where 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.

Before leading Unify, Mr. Akhavan was Chief Operating Officer of Deutsche Telekom, and earlier was CEO of T-Mobile, where he also served as Chief Technology and Information Officer.

Prior to joining T-Mobile, he served as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer at Teligent Inc., an international broadband fixed and wireless access company, and held various executive-level positions at other technology companies.

Mr. Akhavan holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from CalTech, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT.




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