San Mateo, Calif. – June 12, 2014 – EY announced that Vladimir Shmunis, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG), a leading provider of cloud business phone systems, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Software category in Northern California. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Vladimir Shmunis was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at The Fairmont San Jose on June 10th.
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized as the winner of this prestigious award, especially in the highly competitive Software category,” said Vlad Shmunis, founder and CEO of RingCentral. “This acknowledgment from EY and its panel of independent judges reflects on the entire RingCentral team, who have put their hearts and souls and a lot of hard work in helping to build our incredible company.”
Now in its 28th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2013 winner Hamid Moghadam, CEO and Chairman of Prologis.
As a Northern California award winner, Vlad Shmunis is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.
In Northern California, sponsors include King & Spalding, RoseRyan, Scherzer International, Smart Business Network, Inc., SolomonEdwards and The Big Picture: Film & Video Arts Inc.