With new CEO, Skype's rivalry with Cisco comes into full view

Summary:Skype will reportedly get a new CEO from Cisco Systems in a move that highlights the budding enterprise technology rivalry between the two companies.

Skype will reportedly get a new CEO from Cisco Systems in a move that will highlight the budding enterprise technology rivalry between the two companies.

The New York Times and TechCrunch are reporting that Tony Bates, who leads Cisco's enterprise, commercial and small business unit, will take over as Skype CEO.

In other words, the Web collaboration space is about to get a lot more interesting.

Josh Silverman, who ran Skype since 2008, will step aside. Cisco in a blog post said CTO Padmasree Warrior will take over to lead the enterprise, commercial and small business group.  Bates is leaving to pursue another opportunity---Skype.

Skype has been very clear that it plans to be a major collaboration player in business settings. Skype's future growth---earnings and revenue---rides with the enterprise.

With Bates, Skype will clearly have a leader with enterprise chops. Couple the hiring of Bates along with last week's partnership with Avaya and it's clear that Skype is going to be a real thorn in Cisco's side.

More on Skype's enterprise ambitions.

Skype covers consumer, enterprise partner bases

Topics: Cisco, Collaboration, Social Enterprise

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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