Hit Parade: 15 Notable Cisco Executive Departures

Tony Bates

Tony Bates left Cisco to become CEO of Skype in October 2010, following a 15-year career there. His last title at Cisco was senior vice president, enterprise, commercial and small business group, and he was a past general manager of Cisco's Service Provider unit. Bates' career has taken another twist and turn since the Skype appointment, following Microsoft's $8.5 billion to acquire the company. If all goes according to plan, Bates will become president, Microsoft Skype Division, reporting to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

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