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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 3041 - April 11, 2013 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 6

New VP to Help eBay Get More Personal Using Customer Data

By Ina Steiner
April 11, 2013

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eBay has named Zoher Karu its first Vice President of Customer Optimization and Data. In his new role, Karu will leverage the company's data and analytics to drive a more personal and relevant experience across eBay properties.

eBay's new focus on using data to create a personalized user experience became apparent during its recent Analyst Day. eBay CEO John Donahoe told analysts, "Everyone's talking about data. We have a massive amount of data and we are just beginning to use it to drive customer experiences."

Head of eBay Marketplaces Devin Wenig said Karu would significantly advance eBay's efforts to "drive data-driven innovation, delivering a personalized and intuitive omnichannel shopping experience to customers around the world."

Karu comes to eBay from Sears, where he was Vice President of Marketing Analytics and Insight. There, his efforts in organizing customer data, extracting analytical insights and integrating those insights into customer channels powered Sears' digital strategy and enabled significant incremental revenue and profits.

Earlier in his career, Karu held several positions in business operations, product management and management consulting at Mattersight, Zyman Group, Brickstream and McKinsey & Company. Karu holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He is also an author and owner of ZiZi Press, where he published the engineering textbook Signals and Systems Made Ridiculously Simple.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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