We’re excited to announce that Allan Thygesen, Vice President of  Global SMB Sales and Operations at Google, will be joining our board of directors. Allan is a strong leader and has an extraordinary track record growing Google’s advertising business worldwide.

At RingCentral we strive to empower a mobile workforce by adopting cloud-based solutions for business communications and collaboration. An entrepreneur at heart, Allan will help us expand our global business and operations.  He also brings expertise in sales, marketing and operations, as well as experience as a managing director and partner in venture capital, and a variety of board, advisory and executive roles in many public and private growth companies.

Allan joined Google in 2011 as VP of Global SMB Sales and Operations. He has also served as a managing director and partner in the U.S. venture and growth funds of The Carlyle Group, where he led investments in startups in sectors including e-commerce, mobile advertising and imaging. Allan has also served as an executive and board member in several public and private companies, including Wink Communications, which he helped take public in 1999.  He is currently a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

As RingCentral continues to grow, we feel that the company as a whole will benefit from Allan’s guidance on scaling sales and operations, adoption of cloud applications, and technology go-to-market strategies.