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eBay and Chief Curator Part Ways

Artnet News reports that eBay Chief Curator Michael Moskowitz has left the company. Moskowitz took great pains to tell the publication it was a mutual decision. He said his primary function at eBay had been to revamp its public image by creating a more curated, refined experience for shoppers.

Two years ago EcommerceBytes broke the news that eBay had hired a “Chief Curator & Editorial Director,” and the following week, eBay announced its new social features and debuted eBay Today, “a new page on eBay that helps you easily discover the very best collections of items on eBay, selected daily by our Chief Curator.”

We asked eBay on Monday why the company had decided to part ways with Moskowitz and whether it would be naming a successor. The company did not respond by press time.

Moskowitz came to eBay after it acquired his site, Bureau of Trade. At the time, eBay Chief Marketing Officer Richelle Parham said eBay would benefit from Moskowitz’s perspective of “exceptional goods with a story” in house.

Parham herself has since left eBay, which has been building a new team under its new CEO Devin Wenig, formerly head of eBay Marketplaces before the split with PayPal in July.

In June, Moskowitz told the New York Times he had played a key role in creating eBay’s new live auctions feature that has as a lead partner auction house Sotheby’s. “And in the pipeline,” reported the Times, “is No Reserve, a longer-form storytelling platform through which writers, photographers and filmmakers will explore the people and places that give rise to eBay’s most interesting merchandise.”

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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.