Google’s Senior Advisor Bob Stone Heads Up US Development for Skelia

June 26, 2015 – Skelia (, global IT services company and successful market challenger confirms its international ambitions by hosting its US headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.
Its more than 130 IT professionals lead in software development, quality assurance and consulting and differentiate by technology excellence and customer dialogue. With national and international customers like Thomas Cook, Esko (Danaher), Victaulic and Showpad, Skelia operates through a network of offices and service centres in Eastern and Western Europe and the United States.

Skelia Headquarters in Silicon Valley

“We help early-stage companies, series A and B as well as corporate customers with the best IT talent from Eastern Europe,” says Skelia’s founder and CEO Patrik Vandewalle. “Our team is really excited to open an office in the Bay Area as new company milestone. Incorporated in New York since 2013, we can now better serve our existing and new customers in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. The unmatched West Coast investment activity and excessive demand for top-class IT professionals made it a no-brainer for us to be here. We daily experience that well-funded startups face a shortage of good IT developers due to an aggressive drain of top talents to Facebook, Google, Twitter and the likes.”

Bob Stone, VP Business Development

Bob Stone, Entrepreneur in Residence at SK Telecom Americas and former Senior Advisor at Google, joins Skelia as VP of Business Development. “I am both proud and excited to bring Skelia to leadership as new IT player and challenger in the US market. I am convinced we make a difference and will build upon Skelia’s firm credentials in Europe.”
Bob Stone has a distinguished track record with over 20 years of proven leadership in technology, energy and telecom. Bob comes to Skelia from Google where he served for the past two years developing technology partners. Prior to Google, Bob has held management and executive positions at CenturyLink, the National Football League and Rhythms NetConnections. Bob holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Florida.

Best IT Talent

“Our strategy is not to be a price killer, but to excel by service quality, people excellence and team retention. We attract the best IT talent matching the customer profile!” adds Patrik Vandewalle. “As company founders, we designed Skelia’s DNA to tackle and mitigate our own (often frustrating) experiences with several larger offshore service companies. Working with people from very different cultures like India and China, sometimes indistinct ethical standards or high staff turnover, make many customers come back on their decisions. Therefore, we looked for a simple model with unprecedented quality, a very low participation barrier, high customer comfort and flexibility.”

About Skelia

Skelia is a global IT company providing software development, quality assurance, consulting and outsourcing services. We have helped companies from series A all the way through IPO and beyond with some of the world’s finest IT talent. Our first-class IT professionals lead by excellence, technology acumen and customer dialogue.
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About Skelia

Skelia, a Nortal company, is an international leader in building cross-border IT and engineering organizations and affiliate companies in Eastern-Europe. For over a decade, we have provided staff augmentation services to a diverse range of clients—from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. We operate in Luxembourg, the UK, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Poland, and the US.