Skype Execs May Have Been Fired To Avoid Payouts

Posted Jun 20, 2011

After being bought by Microsoft, Skype is rumored to have fired senior executives to reduce their payout before the deal’s close. Bloomberg reports that the sources of this information wish to remain anonymous, because the dismissals are not public. Those let go include Vice Presidents David Gurle, Christopher Dean, Russ Shaw and Don Albert; Chief Marketing Officer Doug Bewsher; Anna Gillespie, the head of human resources; and two executives, Ramu Sunkara and Allyson Campa.

Skype’s blog previously reported six of the departures, saying the executives “left” company. The Skype executives’ stock options will be worth less now than if they were fired after Microsoft’s $8.5 billion buyout. Microsoft plans to connect Skype with their other services like Outlook email and Windows mobile phones.