Biography

Jay Bellissimo

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Jay Bellissimo is responsible for leading Vonage’s sales and operations globally, including go-to-market strategy and execution across its portfolio of products. Bellissimo and his team are focused on driving market share and revenue growth, and deepening relationships with customers and partners to advance the Company’s leadership position in cloud communications.

With more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, Bellissimo joined Vonage from IBM, where he most recently served as General Manager of IBM U.S. Public and Federal Market. In this role, he was responsible for a multi-billion dollar portfolio spanning three industries - Healthcare and Life Sciences, Government and Education, and Defense and Intelligence. He was also a member of IBM’s Performance Team, Client Experience Team and Acceleration Team, which focus on the company’s short- and long-term strategies for growth. 

Previously, Bellissimo was the Global General Manager, Cognitive Process Transformation, IBM Global Services, where he was responsible for designing and delivering innovative solutions that reimagine the way work gets done by leveraging AI, Blockchain, Big Data, IoT and Analytics. Earlier, he was General Manager and Chief Revenue Officer of the Watson & Cloud Platform, responsible for all revenue-facing activities, operations and go-to-market across IBM’s core cognitive and cloud based technologies.

Bellissimo held multiple additional executive roles during his tenure at IBM including Leader of IBM’s Global SAP Consulting Business and Global Business Services in the Aerospace & Defense and Communications Sectors, including the Media and Entertainment, Telco, and Energy/Utilities industries, and Leader of IBM’s Global Business Services business for Latin America based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Prior to IBM, Bellissimo held numerous industry management and practice leadership positions at PwC in Chemicals & Petroleum, Industrial Products and Aerospace & Defense. 

Bellissimo holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. Michael’s College. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Claremont McKenna College.