Kira Makagon leads global product, user experience, engineering, and operations. She is a critical driver in defining RingCentral’s product strategy and in bringing to market RingCentral’s robust communications and collaboration solutions. As well, Makagon is passionate about superior user experiences. Throughout her career she has pioneered multiple breakthrough industry solutions and companies, garnering a reputation as a visionary product and business leader.
Before joining RingCentral, Makagon founded and served as CEO and President of Red Aril, a real-time audience and media optimization platform acquired by Hearst Corporation. Prior to that, she co-founded and held executive and board positions in flagship online marketing and CRM companies including Octane Software, acquired by E.piphany, and Scopus Technology, acquired by Seibel.
Makagon holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
She serves as an advisor to entrepreneurs and early-stage companies, including Illuminate Ventures, News360, 1 World Online, and Airframe, where she is also a member of the Board of Directors.
Makagon is a frequent speaker who has received numerous awards, including 2016 Silver Stevie for “Female Executive of the Year;” 2015 “Most Influential Women in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times; 2015 “Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal; and a 2015 “Golden Bridge Business and Innovation” award.