THE FORMER SVP of Cisco, Tony Bates has been named as the CEO of the Voice over IP (VoIP) outfit Skype.
Bates was the general manager of Cisco's enterprise, commercial and small business division and was behind Cisco's borderless networks, datacentre and collaboration systems.
He has also been the general manager of Cisco's service provider group and holds nine patents.
Bates said that he saw extraordinary opportunities for Skype and he was eager to lead the outfit through "this exciting juncture in its continuing transformation".
He will replace Josh Silverman who saw the VoIP and chat provider double its connected user base with more than 560 million registered users world wide. Silverman said he was pleased with his record and thinks that Bates will be good for the company.
Bates joins the company at the end of the month, although we understand that Silverman has already cleaned out his desk and taken his office plant. µ
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