Contributor Profile

Contributor Profile

Elisa Steele

Chief Marketing Officer at Skype and Corporate Vice President, Skype Division at Microsoft

Elisa Steele is Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Skype. In this role, she oversees Skype’s global brand and marketing functions, as well as local go-to-market activities and is tasked with promoting, protecting and growing one of the best loved brands in the world.

Elisa joined Skype after serving as EVP and chief marketing officer at Yahoo!. During her time at Yahoo!, she was responsible for the company’s global marketing strategy and functions including brand, consumer, business-to-business, research and insights, communications, policy, privacy, and regional marketing.

Prior to Yahoo!, she was senior vice president of corporate marketing at NetApp, where she led a transformational brand strategy and championed and executed broad, integrated marketing programs. Before NetApp, Elisa led Sun’s integrated marketing and merchandising organization. Her Sun experience also includes marketing management positions at iPlanet eCommerce Solutions and JavaSoft. She was also a sales leader at AT&T.

Elisa currently serves on the Board of Directors of RMG Networks and the Advisory Boards to the consumer Internet companies CareZone and Eyeona. In 2009, Advertising Age named her a “Woman to Watch”. She is also a strong advocate of women in technology programs and is on the Forbes Executive Women advisory board.

Elisa holds a master’s of business administration degree from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s of business administration degree from the University of New Hampshire.