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Microsoft Names Exec to Top Skype Post

Microsoft has named Gurdeep Singh Pall to replace the departing Mark Gillett as corporate VP for Skype, as well as its Lync communications product. Gillett, who took a job as head of value creation at private equity firm Silver Lake, had been responsible for Skype’s product, engineering and operations worldwide, duties that will now fall to Pall. An experienced engineer, Pall was most recently CVP of Information Platform & Experience in Microsoft’s new Applications and Services division. Before that, he was CVP of the Office Lync & Speech group.

Departing Skype Exec Gillett to Become Head of “Value Creation” at Silver Lake

Mystery managed, as the British exec might say!
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Top Skype Exec Mark Gillett Departs Microsoft

According to an internal memo sent this morning to employees, top Skype exec Mark Gillett is leaving Microsoft. Sources said that Gillett — who is corporate VP for Skype, as well as its Lync product — has another job he is headed to, although the memo did not mention where he was going. Gillett, who is responsible for Skype’s product, engineering and operations globally, has been with the online telephony company for several years, including before Microsoft bought it. Previous to that, he worked at private equity giant Silver Lake in Europe.

Yahoo to Shutter Cairo Office to “Streamline Operations” Globally

Yahoo closes up shop in Egypt.
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Apple’s BlackBerry Employee-Poaching Party

Hey, BlackBerry employees! Apple’s recruiting team is hosting a career event in your town!
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After Big Fundraising, Uber Hires CFO From Google

Presumably, it’s to keep track of all the big funding the transportation logistics startup just got that values it at $3.5 billion.
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More Moves Abroad for Twitter’s Top Brass as Three Execs Head Overseas

More corporate maneuvering and restructuring for the microblogging service.
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23andMe Names Former Gilt Exec Andy Page as President (Video)

The million-DNA march gets some exec help.
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Hearst Taps Demand Media’s Bradford and Yucaipa’s Johnson to “Redefine” the San Francisco Chronicle

Can the City by the Bay finally get the newspaper it deserves?
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