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eBay Marketplaces’ Chris Payne to Depart

Chris Payne, head of eBay Marketplaces North America, is leaving eBay, the company confirmed. “Christopher Payne, SVP for eBay North America, has decided to leave eBay to pursue a new business venture,” Ryan Moore told EcommerceBytes. “A search for Christopher’s successor is underway. We are grateful to Christopher for all of his many contributions over the years and look forward to following his ongoing success.” Tech blog Re/Code broke the news of his pending departure on Wednesday.

While executives come and go, there’s bound to be more departures from eBay thanks to the pending breakup with PayPal next year. While eBay will look for a replacement in this case, it’s generally assumed the headcount will be reduced next year.

The Wall Street Journal also reported yesterday that PayPal VP Stan Chudnovsky is jumping to Facebook to become its head of product management for messaging products. The newspaper said Chudnovsky was part of the team that helped plan the PayPal spinoff from eBay.

Many sellers may have forgotten the name Christopher Payne. While managers and executives, including Payne, used to post on the company’s announcement board (complete with headshot), attend virtual Town Hall meetings, and make themselves accessible at eBay’s annual conference, that’s no longer the case – not to mention there is no longer an eBay user conference.

Before heading eBay Marketplaces, Payne led the technology team responsible for most of the customer facing components of the eBay marketplace including search, home page and verticals, as his LinkedIn profile details. He came to eBay through its acquisition of Positronic, a company Payne founded with Dane Glasgow, who is Vice President of Mobile & Local at Bay Inc. (We’ve asked Mooore if Glasgow is also leaving.)

Prior to founding Positronic, Payne held executive positions at Amazon and Microsoft.

After the news of his departure broke, he tweeted, “Thanks for six great years eBay. Excited for my next chapter.”

Listen to Ina Steiner’s interview with Christopher Payne about eBay’s early efforts in social commerce, conducted after an IRCE keynote address – Ecommerce Industry SoundBytes.

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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). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.