POV camera giant, GoPro, has just named seasoned technology executive, Tony Bates as president and a member of its board of directors. Bates will report directly to GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman.

This announcement comes on the heels of the brand preparing for an initial public offering

The company also appointed venture capitalist Peter Gotcher, chairman of Dolby Laboratories and a director at the Internet music service Pandora, to its board, effective immediately.


Bates most recently served as executive vice president of Microsoft responsible for business development, strategy and evangelism. He joined Microsoft in 2011 with the acquisition of Skype, where he had served as CEO since 2010. An expert in internet technologies, he has more than 25 years of leadership experience at the intersection of communications and technology.

At Skype, Bates led an aggressive effort to increase its user base and extend services beyond recreational and video calling. At the time of acquisition, he had introduced premium phone and video services and grown the monthly Skype user base to 170 million connected users per month. Prior to Skype, Bates served as senior vice president and general manager of Cisco, heading up the enterprise, commercial and small business divisions.  Additionally, he has served on the boards of YouTube and LoveFilm.