Microsoft’s Skype veteran Bhaskar Roy joins PlayPhone

Infotech Lead America: PlayPhone, a provider of mobile social gaming, has appointed Bhaskar Roy as chief product officer.

Roy is joining PlayPhone, which has presence in more than 25 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, from Microsoft.

The main responsibility of Roy will be innovation and evolution on the platform underlying the renowned PlayPhone Social Gaming Network. His appointment is effective immediately.

Ron Czerny, founder and CEO of PlayPhone, said: “With leadership at companies like HP, Skype, Oracle and Microsoft – along with experience at startups like Qik and PlaceWare – we are confident Bhaskar will continue to extend PlayPhone’s position in the mobile social gaming ecosystem.”

Prior to PlayPhone, Roy was co-founder and senior vice president of products at Qik, a provider of mobile video software and services.

Following Qik’s acquisition by Skype (and Skype’s acquisition by Microsoft), Roy continued at the helm of Qik products and led the charge in bringing asynchronous communications and new mobile experiences to Skype’s core offering.

Prior to Qik, Roy was senior product director for SMB products and director of product management for real-time communication at Oracle.

And before Oracle, Roy led product management and channel marketing at PlaceWare, which is now a division of Microsoft Lync following an acquisition.

“PlayPhone’s social gaming network has already demonstrated outstanding traction in the marketplace as is evidenced by the recent Games Portal on Verizon announcement, and is on track to become the favored platform among global operators, developers and consumers alike,” said Roy.

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