Rumor: Skype fires top-level executives before Microsoft deal

By on June 20, 2011
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Vice presidents and other department heads given the boot.

Microsoft’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.

According 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.

“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.

Microsoft 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.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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