Lifesize Appoints Former 8×8 (NASDAQ: EGHT) President, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Polycom (NYSE: PLT) Senior Executive Kim Niederman as New CEO

Lifesize, Inc., a leader and global provider of cloud contact center and video meeting solutions in over 100 countries with 1700 channel partners, today announced that its board of directors has appointed 30-year communications technology industry leader Kim Niederman as its new chief executive officer, effective immediately. Niederman will succeed Craig Malloy, one of the company’s original founders, who returned to the company as CEO in 2014.

Today’s announcement is the next phase by the company to build an end-to-end enterprise communications offering, which started with the acquisition and merger of Lifesize with Serenova –– both Gartner-recognized cloud solutions in the meeting solutions and contact center-as-a-service (CCaaS) markets, respectively. This hire is expected to continue the company’s plan to transition its core products to become more open, interoperable and secure to meet the needs of the hybrid workplace.

Niederman is a highly respected CEO and industry veteran, having been president at 8×8 and having held CEO roles at FreeWave Technologies, Anagran and LongBoard, along with senior executive positions at Polycom and Cisco. He is known as a growth accelerator who has successfully restructured product and go-to-market strategies to scale profitably and gain market share.