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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2466 - January 27, 2011 - ISSN 1539-5065    3 of 4

eBay Loses Key PayPal Executive to Google

By Ina Steiner
January 27, 2011

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After eight years at PayPal, Osama Bedier has left the company and is taking on a new role at Google. He will be replaced at PayPal by Matthew Mengerink, who has previously led the PayPal architecture, infrastructure, payments development, core technologies, international development and customer quality and engineering services teams.

Bedier helped open the PayPal platform to developers 2 years ago. Bedier started at PayPal in 2003 as an engineer and spent years championing the idea of an open platform until he was promoted and given the resources to make it happen.

Bedier was PayPal Vice President of Mobile, Platform and New Ventures, and it will be interesting to see what role he assumes at Google, which is focused on mobile and local and offers its own payment processing service, Google Checkout.

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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