Skype Appoints McAfee’s Jonathan Chadwick as Finance Chief in Runup to IPO

Skype Technologies SA, the biggest provider of international calling, said it hired former McAfee Inc. finance chief Jonathan Chadwick as its chief financial officer.

Chadwick’s appointment was discussed on Skype’s website. Adrian Dillon had been Skype’s CFO. His appointment was announced in March 2010. Chadwick joined McAfee last year from Cisco Systems, where he worked for 13 years, overseeing some finance teams and leading the introduction of new business models, Skype said.

Skype Chief Executive Officer Tony Bates is working to boost sales and rev up customer growth as the company prepares for an initial public offering. The company is struggling to convert users of its free PC-to-PC phone service into paying customers, according to a March 4 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The percentage of Skype’s average monthly users who paid for the service declined to 6.1 percent in the three months ended Dec. 31, from 7 percent in the same period a year earlier and 7.7 percent in the last three months of 2008, according to the S-1 filing.

Skype also hired Mark Gillett as chief development and operations officer, said Jennifer Caukin, a spokeswoman for the Luxembourg-based company, in an e-mailed statement on the executive change. Gillett will take responsibility for the engineering organization, she said.

Computer-security software maker McAfee was acquired by Intel Corp. (INTC), the world’s largest chipmaker, earlier this year.

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