Skype's top exec is of Indian origin

by CXOtoday News Desk    Oct 30, 2013

Gurdeep Singh Skype

Microsoft has named Gurdeep Singh Pall as the corporate vice president of Skype, its free international voiceover and messaging service. The 46-year old software engineer hails from Chandigarh and was heading the information platform and experience team in Microsoft’s new applications and services division.

 Pall joined the company in January 1990 as a software design engineer and worked across product categories like LAN Manager Remote Access Service. He was part of the Windows NT development team and led design and implementation of core networking technologies. At Microsoft, he has also led acquisitions and technical partnerships with leading companies.

He was named one of the “15 Innovators & Influencers Who Will Make A Difference” in 2008 by Information Week, and co-authored “Institutional Memory Goes Digital”, which was published by Harvard Business Review as part of Breakthrough Ideas for 2009 and was presented at the World Economic Forum that year in Davos.

After completing his engineering degree in computer science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, he went to the University of Oregon to complete his masters in computer science. He is on the board of trustees of Ashesi University, Ghana. Pall is said to have more than 20 patents (in process or approved) in the domains of networking, VoIP and collaboration.