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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.
News Bytecleared all the regulatory hurdles necessary to complete the transaction to go private. Shareholders approved the move to sell the company to CEO Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake for $24.9 billion. The transaction had been bitterly contested by several shareholders, most notably activist investor Carl Icahn.