Executive Vice President of Innovation
As RingCentral’s Executive Vice President of Innovation, Kira Makagon leads global product strategy, product management, engineering, operations and IT. Over her extensive tech sector career, she has built multiple breakthrough industry solutions and companies, garnering a reputation as a leader in both software development and business management.
Before joining RingCentral, she founded and served as CEO and President of Red Aril, a pioneer in real-time audience and media optimization solutions that was acquired by Hearst. Prior to that, she co-founded and held key executive positions in flagship online marketing and CRM companies—including Octane Software, which was acquired by E.piphany, and Scopus Technology, where she brought multiple generations of CRM products to market.
Makagon holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs and serves as an advisor to early-stage companies, including Illuminate Ventures, Yozio, Qubell, News360, 1 World Online and Airframe, where she is also a member of the Board of Directors.
Makagon is a sought after speaker for audiences interested in tech and entrepreneurism. Recently, she has been honored as one of the 2015 Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times and 2015 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, as well as part of the 2015 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards.