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June 4, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Former Skype head Tony Bates appointed president of GoPro

Former Skype CEO Tony Bates, who most recently had served as Microsoft’s executive vice president of business development and evangelism before leaving the company earlier this year, has been appointed president of camera maker GoPro.

Tony Bates (Photo from Microsoft)

Tony Bates (Photo from Microsoft)

Bates, who was also named to GoPro’s board of directors, will report to GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman, according to the company’s news release.

Bates joined Microsoft after the software company acquired Skype in 2011. At Microsoft, Bates had served as president of Skype before a companywide reorganization last year resulted in his heading a division in charge of key partnerships with other companies and reaching out to developers.

Bates, who had reportedly expressed a desire to again become a CEO, announced earlier this year that he would be leaving Microsoft. He had reportedly been on the shortlist of candidates to take over as CEO of that company after former CEO Steve Ballmer announced last year his intention to retire. The CEO position eventually went to Bates’ colleague, Satya Nadella.

At GoPro, Bates will focus on the company’s core business and scaling its growing media operations, Woodman said in the news release.

“It’s an honor to join the GoPro team,” Bates said in the release. “GoPro represents everything that excites me in a company. Incredible products, compelling content, a world-renowned brand and above all, amazing people who make it happen. Working for a technology company that creates products that people love and that capture life’s magical moments is a dream come true.”

Before serving as Skype CEO from 2010 to 2011, Bates had worked as a senior vice president and general manager at Cisco.

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