Holmdel-based Vonage Holdings Corp. announced Tuesday that former Google, Inc., executive Alan Masarek will take over as chief executive officer, effective Nov. 6. Masarek succeeds Marc Lefar, who is retiring from the CEO post and the board of directors.”Alan is a proven business leader with more than 20 years of C-level experience at technology-centric companies that span corporate, venture and entrepreneurial settings,” Vonage Chairman Jeffrey Citron said in a prepared statement. “Alan’s leadership qualities, deep experience in technology innovation and proven ability to develop breakthrough products and services that drive profitable growth, make him the ideal choice to be Vonage’s CEO. The board is confident in Alan’s ability to take Vonage into its next phase of growth and innovation, and in the overall future of the company under his leadership.”
Masarek was co-founder of Quickoffice, Inc., serving as CEO from July 2007 until the company was acquired by Google in June 2012, Vonage said in a news release. When he joined Google with his company, he became its director, Chrome & apps.
“I am honored to take the helm at Vonage,” he said in a prepared statement. “The company has done an extraordinary job innovating on its legacy as a VoIP pioneer, expanding into new markets, new geographies and mobile services, to help change the way consumers and businesses connect around the world. I am excited to build upon Vonage’s strong foundation and lead the company in its next phase of growth toward becoming the premier provider of cloud-based communications for consumers and businesses worldwide.”
The Internet telephone services company said Masarek, who will also join the board of directors, is taking part in a leadership transition period through his start date, with Lefar retiring effective Nov. 5.
“It has been an honor to work with a highly talented team and supportive board,” Lefar said in a statement. “I am proud of all that we have accomplished together, and I am confident the team will provide Alan with the same effort, passion and dedication to innovation and growth. I wish Alan, the Board and the team continued success.”
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