There was no break for John DeLozier who spent his last day as Channel Chief at CenturyLink on Friday, June 1, 2018 and then jumped in feet first as 8x8’s new Global Channel Chief on Monday, June 4, 2018. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.
John grew up implementing unified communications, collaboration and contact-center solutions all over the world for the biggest names, and “all we’re doing now is putting them in the cloud,” DeLozier told Channel Partners. So it’s really what I know, really where I’m from. I couldn’t be more super-excited to go to market again with these solutions at 8x8.”
DeLozier spent more than two years as Vice President at CenturyLink, where he and the channel team there performed a major overhaul of the telco giant’s partner program, offering tiers for the first time. At 8×8, he’ll be reunited with Bill Corbin, his former boss at CenturyLink, who is the Senior Vice President of channels and alliances at the communications provider.
DeLozier comes to 8×8 during a time of significant success and growth for the company. It’s been a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for UCaaS six years’ running. It just reported a 19 percent year-over-year jump in revenue for the company’s recently concluded fiscal year. Service revenue from mid-market and enterprise customers was up 29 percent over that same time period.
DeLozier wants partners to get an increasing share of that pie.
“We have more than 130 patents and basically own our IP. So we’ve got a vaunted cast of development personnel … the hard part is getting to that point,” he said. “The easy part is getting the word out to our partner community and make sure they’re able to maximize the program and put money in their pockets.”
(Above copied from an article in Channel Partners Online written by Craig Galbraith June 4, 2018)
All of us at Top Speed Data Communications are excited that we are partners with 8x8. Some of the best people we dealt with at Century Link have followed John over to 8x8. It’s really an all-star cast.