Former Sony Ericsson President Is Now Skype Chairman
Flint is an adviser to the private-equity firm Silver
Lake, which in September purchased 70 percent of Skype from eBay for
approximately $2 billion.
In his new position, Flint will coordinate activities among
the board's committees, according to Bloomberg. Skype's board
members include venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and eBay Chief Executive
On Jan. 12, Skype additionally added telecommunications
veteran David Gurle to its executive roster, as the general manager and vice
president of its Skype for Business unit. Gurle was formerly at Thomson
Reuters, where he was its Global Head of Collaboration Services, as well as the
head of its Sales & Trading Business Division - Thomson
Reuters' largest business in Asia.
"We are very excited to add David to Skype's management
team and are confident that he can lead and direct the Skype for Business
team's next stage of development and growth," Josh Silverman, Skype's
president, said in a statement.
"He has years of experience and a terrific reputation for building and leading world-class teams. He also brings product vision, technology depth and a track record of success in creating and selling real-time communications software to enterprises that will prove invaluable as we continue to develop our Skype for Business proposition," Silverman continued.
recently announced that, with partners LG Electronics and Panasonic, it will
begin embedding Skype software into HDTVs. Set to arrive in mid 2010, the
televisions, in cooperation with special Webcams, will enable users to make and
receive high-definition video calls on the largest screen in the room.
"Since its inception, Skype has been used by many
entrepreneurs and small businesses to save money on their communications,"
Gurle said in the Jan. 12 statement. "Moving forward, our goal is to
educate and attract larger organizations that can not only save money by using
Skype to communicate, but also increase their organizational productivity and
enhance the way they interact with customers around the globe."
According to Skype, in the third quarter of 2009, its users spent 27.7 billion minutes on Skype-to-Skype calls, a third of which were video calls.