8x8 names Raghavan Sarathy as VP of finance; BCE to hold Q2 earnings call on Aug. 7

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> 8x8 has named Raghavan (Ragh) Sarathy to the newly created role of vice president of finance. Release

> BCE will hold its second-quarter 2014 results conference call with the financial community on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 8 a.m. ET. Release

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