Chris joined Metaswitch as one of the founding team in 1981. Prior to this, he acquired a degree in Computing from Cambridge University and worked for IBM on mainframe and communications systems software. In the early years, Chris was lead architect for all the company’s communications products. Next, he was responsible for the creation anddevelopment of our successful real time conferencing business. In 1995 this led to a strategic relationship to provide Microsoft with core technology for NetMeeting (Microsoft’s entry into the data conferencing space). Chris also oversaw the company’s product strategy for messaging and conferencing solutions, targeted at a broad spectrum of service providers, and later served as Chief Technical Officer with responsibility for product management and long-term technology strategy.