Former Skype GC joins Living Social

The former general counsel of Skype has taken up a new in-house role at consumer deals website ­Living Social.

Rob Miller, who worked as general counsel and vice-president at Skype for almost five years until last November, has been appointed head of international legal, regulatory and compliance issues at Living Social, where he will be responsible for all legal matters outside North America.

Miller was previously senior director of legal services and government affairs at eBay from September 2001 until January 2006, where he joined as the company’s first in-house counsel and built a legal team of nine.

He was heavily involved in eBay’s takeover of Skype and then oversaw Skype’s legal department in the interim, before becoming its general ­counsel.

At Skype, which was taken over by Microsoft in May, Miller was responsible for the company’s legal, regulatory, government affairs and law enforcement relationship issues, and expanded the global legal team from five to 25 in-house lawyers across five offices.

Miller saw the company grow from 50 to 600-­million users and annual revenue go from £60m to almost £1bn. He negotiated key deals involving Google, Sony and Dell and was responsible for the relationship with Skype’s Chinese partner TOM Online.

Miller said his departure from Skype was not ­connected to the Microsoft takeover. He was replaced at Skype by 3Com legal head Neal Goldman.