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Movers and Shakers: Where Some of IT's Top Executives Are Going - Slide 8

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Former Cisco exec Tony Bates has been hired to take over the CEO position at Skype at the end of October, replacing CEO Josh Silverman, according to Computerworld.

The VoIP company recently filed plans for a $100 million initial public offering. In other recent news, Skype has embarked on a two-phase cooperative project with Avaya that will enable the equipment vendor’s customers to make inexpensive or free calls via Skype Connect. There are also reports that Skype and Facebook are on the verge of a deal.

Business First reports that according to global outplacement consultant Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. of Chicago, September 2010 was a tumultuous month for CEOs as the turnover rate surged to a four-month high. September CEO departures were up 17 percent from August and 5.7 percent from the same month a year ago.

John A. Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, says several factors are contributing to the turnover rate, including

“a volatile economy, an aging CEO population, a brighter spotlight on the CEO position and calls for more accountability on the part of corporate leadership.”

The technology industry was not immune from shakeups. We’ve compiled a list of the movements of some of IT’s big names.

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