Vlad Shmunis is the founder, CEO, and chairman of the board of RingCentral, a business communications solutions provider headquartered in San Mateo, California. Shmunis founded RingCentral in 1999 and launched its cloud business phone service in 2003 after realizing that businesses needed a cheaper and more flexible alternative to hardware-based phone systems.
Under Shmunis’ leadership, RingCentral has reinvented business communications. The company now helps more than 300,000 customers work the way they want in a mobile, distributed world through a variety of products and services.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Northern California Award finalist, Shmunis has over 25 years of industry and management experience. Prior to RingCentral, he founded a desktop software communications company called Ring Zero Systems, which he led as CEO.
Shmunis graduated from San Francisco State University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science. He is a named inventor in several US patents.