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Departing Skype Exec Gillett to Become Head of "Value Creation" at Silver Lake

October 30, 2013 | Telepresence Options

Mark Gillett

Story and images by Kara Swisher / All Things D

Earlier today, I broke the�news that top Skype exec Mark Gillett�was leaving the Microsoft-owned telephony unit.

The internal memo I referenced did not say where he was headed, but apparently it is back to a place he has worked before: Private equity giant Silver Lake.

(Mystery�managed, as the British Gillett might say!)

He will become head of value creation there in December, replacing Charles Giancarlo, who will transition into a senior adviser role.

Until today, Gillett was corporate VP at Skype and Lync at Microsoft, in charge of its product, engineering and operations globally; he managed 2,500 developers. He had been at Skype since before Microsoft bought it in 2011.

He had previously led Silver Lake value creation team in Europe, with the deal for Skype being his most prominent effort.

"Mark's accomplishments at Skype have transformed the company," said Silver Lake managing partner Egon Durban in a statement. "He is poised to make a significant contribution to our portfolio companies going forward."

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