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Bates is coming to Skype at a critical time in its history. Not only has the popular consumer VoIP company filed for an initial public offering, but it's also making significant inroads into business enterprises, in part through a recently debuted channel partner program.
"We are thrilled to bring on Tony Bates as Skype's new CEO," said Miles Flint, chairman of Skype's board of directors, in a statement. "His record of achievement and significant operational and management expertise, cultivated over a distinguished tenure at one of the world's preeminent technology companies, presents a unique opportunity for Skype that we are enthusiastic to embrace."
Skype also has a number of powerful strategic allies in the networking space, including Cisco rivals like Avaya. Cisco was earlier this year said to be in talks to potentially acquire Skype.
Bates will replace former eBay executive Silverman at Skype's helm.
"I am proud to have led Skype's growth during this critical transition period," said Silverman in a statement. "The company today has over 560 million registered users in nearly every country and continues to develop products and services our customers love to use."
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