David Gurle

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David Gurle
David Gurle at Symphony Innovate 2016
David Gurlé

ResidencePalo Alto, California, U.S.
OccupationCEO at Symphony
Known forFounder and CEO of Symphony

David Gurle is a French[1] entrepreneur and engineer, credited as one of the pioneers of IP communications.[2] He is currently the CEO of Symphony Communication Services, LLC.

Early life and education[edit]

The son of a French diplomat, David spent his childhood between Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. His mother, a journalist for the BBC, also worked for the British secret service. His family settled in Cannes when he was 13.[3] He studied engineering at ESIGETEL.[4]


In 2014, David Gurle was appointed CEO of Symphony, following the acquisition of Perzo, a start-up he founded in Palo Alto, California in late 2012.[5] Perzo was a mobile and web messaging platform that encrypted every message end-to-end using a three-layer encryption system.[6] Perzo's security model was based on customer-controlled encryption keys for businesses who need to maintain control and confidentiality over their communications. The platform also maintained compliance with privacy laws and various regulatory rules.[7]

Prior to Symphony, David was General Manager and Vice President of Skype's Business unit.[8]

In 2003 as Global Head of Collaboration Services at Reuters, David and his team transitioned Reuters Messaging into a unified communications service.[9] David connected Reuters Messaging with other communities with the intention of improving workflow productivity of financial information workers.[9]

After joining Microsoft in 1999, David Gurle founded Microsoft's Real Time Communications business unit, running it for three years.[10] He oversaw the development of the company’s collaboration products including NetMeeting, Windows Messenger, Exchange IM, Exchange Conferencing Server, Live Communications Server and Office Communications Server.[11] While at Microsoft, David co-authored several Internet Engineering Task Force standards for presence and instant messaging for SIP.[9]


In 2016, David was ranked #97 on “The New Establishment,” Vanity Fair’s “annual ranking of Silicon Valley hotshots, Hollywood moguls, Wall Street titans, and cultural icons.”[12]



L'essentiel de la VoIP - 2ème édition


IP Telephony: Packet-based Multimedia Communications Systems

IP Telephony: Deploying Voice-over-IP Protocols by Olivier Hersent (2005-03-11)

Beyond VoIP Protocols: Understanding Voice Technology and Networking Techniques for IP Telephony

L'essentiel de la VoIP


La voix sur IP Codecs, H.323, SIP, MGCP, déploiement et dimensionnement


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  3. ^ McLannaha, Ben (September 18, 2015). "David Gurle's Symphony looks to take on Bloomberg". Financial Times. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "David Gurlé, le Français qui fait trembler Bloomberg - French Morning". French Morning (in French). 2015-09-16. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  5. ^ Baer, Justin (2014-10-01). "Goldman-Led Group of Firms Buys Perzo to Form Instant-Messaging Company". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  6. ^ "Perzo: a military-grade messaging service that keeps the NSA at arms' length". TechRadar. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  7. ^ Perzo. "Ex head of Skype for Business David Gurle launches Perzo: driving security back into comms | Spotlights". Bdaily Business News. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  8. ^ Admin. "Skype Names Enterprise UC Guru to Lead Skype for Business". Comms Business. Comms Business. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "The Ultimate VOIP/IP Communication Experience". Technology Marketing Corporation.
  10. ^ "IP Communications Conference Keynote - David Gurle". www.tmcnet.com. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  11. ^ "Skype Names David Gurle to Lead Skype for Business Team - Business News Holding Latest Business News". www.biz-news.com. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  12. ^ Magazine, Vanity Fair. "The New Establishment 2016". The Hive. Retrieved 2016-12-20.