Skype has appointed former Cisco Systems Senior Vice President Tony Bates as CEO, the company announced today.
Bates, who has been running Cisco's enterprise division, comes to Skype with more than 20 years of experience in enterprise solutions. The networking giant said he managed Cisco divisions totaling more than 12,500 people and generating $20 billion for the company annually. He currently holds nine patents and has served on YouTube's board of directors.
Josh Silverman, Skype's current CEO, will be leaving the company, though he said that he will work with Bates to help with the "transition." In the meantime, Skype's chief financial and administrative officer, Adrian Dillon, will be running the company until Bates joins the firm at the end of the month.