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Next eBay CEO Promises Significant Changes Ahead

eBay sellers can expect significant changes next year. The Wall Street Journal interviewed eBay Marketplaces president Devin Wenig, who will become the CEO of eBay after the breakup with PayPal. Wenig told the newspaper he wants to reconnect with merchants.

But what may be worrisome to those merchants are the words he uttered next:

WSJ: What will you do differently as CEO of stand-alone eBay?

Mr. Wenig: I want to reconnect with small and large merchants, I want to energize the eBay community, I want to build great product experiences that are both useful and engaging. There will be changes; there will be significant changes. I am excited about it.

WSJ: Care to elaborate?

Mr. Wenig: No.

When John Donahoe took over for Meg Whitman as eBay CEO in 2008, he launched such a significant pace of change that he later had to admit it was disruptive to sellers and promised to make major changes in twice-a-year rollouts with some advance notice to sellers.

Those changes may not extend to online payment services, however. Weing also said, “PayPal is going to be the dominant payment provider on eBay for a long time and we want it that way, and the separation will ensure that it is that way.”

You can read the interview and watch a video on the Wall Street Journal website.

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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). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.