Executive in Residence
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Skype, Josh Silverman oversees the company's direction and strategy and is ultimately responsible for its performance. His priority is to support the team in building the world's greatest communication products. Silverman helped build several hyper-growth start-ups into world-class brands and companies. He joined Skype from Shopping.com, where he was Chief Executive Officer following eBay's acquisition of the company. He launched eBay's European online classifieds business and built it into the pan-European leader. Under his management, Marktplaats.nl (the leading Dutch e-commerce business) grew traffic, revenues and profits more than fivefold in three years. He was Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Evite, the leading social event planning site on the Web, until its sale to Ticketmaster/Citysearch (now IAC). He held management positions at ADAC Labs, was a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton and started his career on the staff of US Senator Bill Bradley. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, were he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and elected Co-President of his class.