Tony Bates

Tony Bates, Board Member

Tony Bates is the former Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Business Development and Evangelism group where he was responsible for corporate strategy, OEM relationships, strategic innovation partners, software vendors and developers.  He was formerly the President of the Skype division, having served as Skype’s CEO prior to the successful Microsoft acquisition.  Before joining Skype, Bates was senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business Group.  He was senior vice president and general manager for the Service Provider business unit, and vice president and general manager of Cisco's high-end router business. He has also served as a member of the board of YouTube (GOOG) and LoveFilm (AMZN).  Before working at Cisco, Bates spearheaded the backbone-engineering strategy for Internet MCI (MCI's national IP backbone). He has more than 20 years of experience in the Internet and telecommunications industries, and has published 12 IETF RFCs in the areas of Internet Routing and Operations. He holds nine patents in the area of Layer 2 and Layer 3 innovations.