8 Skype Executives outed as Microsoft takes over

Posted on Jun 20 2011 - 10:29am by Mike Wewerka

As with any merger or buyout there are what companies (aka corporations) refer to as “redundancies” meaning there are positions that overlap and are no longer needed, once a deal is complete. Now that the FCC has given Microsoft clearance on its $8.5 billion dollar (cash) buyout of Skype, a lot of jobs will be cut. Already, 8 executives have left Skype. But lets be honest, they didn’t leave, they were politely shown the door and told we don’t need you anymore.

But Skype likes to paint a pretty picture and so they claim it happened more like this: ”Skype, like any other pragmatic organization, constantly assesses its team structure to deliver its users the best products,” the company said in a written statement. “As part of a recent internal shift Skype has made some management changes.”

“Management Changes,” yeah those are some drastic changes…while the PR statement doesn’t mention “laid off, fired, or resigned” we only need to use our BRAINS to figure out that 8 executive would not just “resign” on the same day. Nay, they were given the boot and are no longer needed.

David Gurle, Vice President and General Manager for Skype for Business; Don Albert, Vice President and General Manager for the Americas and Advertising; Doug Bewsher, Chief Marketing Officer; Christopher Dean, Fead of Consumer Market Business Development; Russ Shaw, Vice President and General Manager; and Anne Gillespie, Head of Human Resources were all part of the first round of cuts and all had positions that Microsoft can fill with executives they already employ, thus saving them millions of dollars.

As I said, this is only the first round of cuts, now that Microsoft owns the brand “Skype” and its technology and services, they can use their own software engineers to figure out the rest by only keeping a minimum of original Skype staffers (who they’ll use to make sure things transition smoothly) and all the while make it appear as though Skype is the same. It will only be a matter of time before we see if Skype remains the same or if Microsoft’s influence will screw it up like it has with many other companies it has purchased.