Updated: July 11, 2013
Tony Bates is executive vice president of Microsoft’s Business Development and Evangelism group, responsible for the company's relationships with key OEMs, strategic innovation partners, independent software vendors and developers. He also leads Microsoft’s corporate strategy team.
Before leading the Business Development and Evangelism group, Tony was the president of Microsoft’s Skype Division and the CEO of Skype prior to its acquisition in October of 2011. Before running Skype, Bates was senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business Group as well as leader of its service provider and high-end router business units. Before Cisco, Bates spearheaded the backbone-engineering strategy for Internet MCI. He also served as a member of the board of YouTube and LoveFilm.
Bates has more than 25 years of experience in the Internet and telecommunications industries, and he has published 12 IETF RFCs in the areas of Internet routing and operations. He also holds 10 patents in the area of Layer 2 and Layer 3 network innovations.
Bates was born in the United Kingdom. He taught himself to code by reading programming manuals on the way to work and began his career as a network operator at the University of London. Bates is married and has four children.