Monday, June 20, 2011

Rumor: Skype fires top-level executives before Microsoft deal

aaaaaMicrosoft’s acquisition of the VOIP provider Skype is nearing its final stages, however the deal has bought bad news to the executives of the Luxembourg-based company as they have been reportedly been given the pink slip.

aaaaaAccording to Bloomberg Businessweek, ‘unnamed sources’ have said that Skype vice presidents David Gurle, Christopher Dean, Russ Shaw and Don Albert have been fired from the company, along with chief marketing officer Dough Bewsher and HR head Anne Gillespie. Two more executives, hires from Skype’s purchase of video conferencing software makers Qik, Ramu Sunkara and Allyson Campa were also given the boot as well.

aaaaa“Skype, like any other pragmatic organization, constantly assesses its team structure to deliver its users the best products. As part of a recent internal shift, Skype has made some management changes,” admitted a Skype spokesperson.

aaaaaMicrosoft had announced plans to purchase Skype for $8.5 billion in cash last month. In the latest, the Federal Trade Commission has approved the merger between the two companies, which should finalize the deal soon.

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