David Gurlï¿½ leads the team responsible for the business and technical aspects of collaboration services including Reuters Messaging product development, service, marketing and sales initiatives. Since joining Reuters in early 2003, David and his team have transitioned Reuters and Reuters Messaging into a highly valuable Unified communications service. Much of this success has come from connecting Reuters Messaging with other communities and improving workflow productivity of financial information workers.
David has been recognized by CNET, VON Magazine and the securities' market as the thought leader for his achievement in establishing a very successful enterprise Instant Messaging service.
Prior to joining Reuters, David worked for Microsoft as Product Unit Manager and Director of Program Management - Real Time Communication where he founded and managed Microsoft's real time communication business (now called Unified Communication Division). David led the team which was responsible for "Microsoft Office Live Communications Server", Microsoft's instant messaging solution and real-time communications server.
While at Microsoft, David co-authored several Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards for presence and instant messaging for SIP (SIMPLE) and his vision and ardent work led to the creation IP based Unified communications business considered by the industry as the next generation telecommunication services.
Before joining Microsoft in 1999, David worked with VocalTec Communications (IP telephony pioneer) as part of the CTO team as Corporate Vice President of Business Alliances. While there, he led VocalTec's standardization activities on VoIP and IP Telephony and served as editor of major international IP Telephony and VoIP standards at IETF, ITU-T, and ETSI.
David brings more than 10 years of experience in the European telecommunications market and has earned the ETSI service award for his outstanding work in creating Europe's IP telephony initiative, TIPHON standardization working group.. In addition to, David also co-authored 4 books on VoIP and IP Telephony.
David served in the advisory board of WebEx, eDial, IMLogic and currently sits on Akonix's customer advisory board. During his spare time David is an avid reader of science related books, runner, skier and cyclist and a devoted scholar of golf.
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