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Skype heats up Cisco rivalry with new CEO

Skype is reportedly getting its new CEO from Cisco Systems, a move which highlights the budding enterprise technology rivalry between the two companies.
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Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

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.

Read more of "With new CEO, Skype's rivalry with Cisco comes into full view" at ZDNet.

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