New CEO: Skype Estonia to become a top Microsoft development centre

27.08.2013, 13:17

Andrus Järg who will take over as head of Skype Technologies, the Estonian development centre of Skype in September, says that he plans to make Skype one of Microsoft’s top development centres in Europe, writes Äripäev.

Järg said that Skype Estonia had a lot of potential in software development.

“Looking into the future, one of the most important things is to create a strong vision for Skype Estonia and to expand local competence so that we can become one of the most important development centres of Microsoft in Europe. This requires a strong team and quest for challenges,” he said.

“We are working hard in Skype Estonia to maintain our strong international IT competence and to grow it over time. We are also working closely with Estonian universities and the IT Academy to make sure that there are more IT specialists and to import more knowledge into Estonia. Since our team today consists of top IT talents, one of my priorities is to create for them a challenging working environment.

Speaking of his new job, Järg said that he was offered the position because the group was looking for someone from the inside.

“I have been working in different roles in Skype for seven years and accepting this job is a natural follow-up to my professional career,” he said.

Järg has been with the company since 2006, leading various projects and holding management positions in research and development departments. Before joining Skype, he worked in the IT departments for If P&C Insurance, Swedbank and Estonian Tax and Customs Authority.

Sten Tamkivi, who led the company between 2005 and 2012 also left Skype Estonia recently after spending 12 months on hiatus studying at Stanford University.