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Cisco Exec Joins Skype as CEO

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 10-04-2010 Print
Cisco executive Tony Bates was named the new CEO of Skype, the latest shift in the rapidly changing UC field. Bates is the latest executive to leave Cisco for a competitor.

Cisco Systems is losing another executive to a competitor, with Tony Bates leaving to become CEO of video conferencing vendor Skype.

Skype announced Oct. 4 that Bates, who most recently was senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business Division, will take on his new position starting in late October.

While at Cisco, Bates, who reported directly to CEO John Chambers, oversaw a business that generated $20 billion in sales and had most than 12,500 employees. The group oversaw such enterprise efforts as Cisco's Borderless Networks, Datacenter and Collaboration.

He also was general manager of Cisco's $10 billion Service Provider Group and was a key member of the company's executive planning unit.

For more, read the eWeek article Skype Appoints Cisco Exec as CEO.


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