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eBay to Fill Top PR Role after Dan Tarman’s Departure

Steve Wymer
eBay to Fill Top PR Role after Dan Tarman Departure

Dan Tarman left eBay days before Christmas, and after the Holmes Report reported his replacement last week, eBay made the news official: it’s hiring Steve Wymer to replace him. That leaves a 6-week gap in the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, as Wymer’s first day at eBay is slated for February 4.

On December 21st, we reported on gaps on eBay’s “our leaders” page; an eBay spokesperson had declined to comment on Tarman’s departure from the company.

Wymer will oversee company reputation, external and employee communications, and eBay’s global impact function. He will be a member of the executive leadership team reporting to Wenig. However, his pending start date indicates eBay will be reporting on its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings on January 29th without a chief communications officer, though it has staff handling investor relations.

Press release follows:

Steve Wymer is joining eBay as senior vice president and chief communications officer. He will lead the global team responsible for communicating eBay’s company narrative and championing its corporate reputation through internal and external communications, and will be the board chair of eBay.org, formerly the eBay Foundation.

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Wymer brings a tremendous amount of experience to eBay, having led communications and policy at Nextdoor.com, the world’s largest local social media platform, where he played a critical role building out the company’s brand messaging and external relations, as well as launching new markets in Europe and Australia. Prior to Nextdoor.com, Wymer spent five years at TiVo as head of global communications and public policy.

“Steve is an outstanding storyteller, communicator, and leader who understands the importance of open marketplaces and platform-based communities at scale,” said Devin Wenig, president and CEO of eBay Inc. “He has the right mix of business, technology and consumer experience combined with a seasoned approach to management.”

Previously, Steve served as a senior advisor in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C., leading communications for three U.S. senators. He is a graduate of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University.

“I could not be more excited to join eBay, a purpose-driven company that delights buyers and enables sellers everywhere,” said Wymer. “I’m inspired by the countless examples of economic opportunity and empowerment eBay creates and excited about the possibilities ahead.”

Wymer is an avid eBay customer who is passionate about the brand. His favorite eBay find involves his beloved Ford Bronco.

“I love the joy of discovery and I’ve found some of the neatest things on eBay,” said Wymer. “In particular, my 40-year-old Ford Bronco is always in need of a spare part or two and the original inner door locking pins I recently bought couldn’t be located on any other automotive website.”

Wymer’s first day at eBay is February 4. Based in San Jose, he will be a member of the executive leadership team reporting to Wenig.

SOURCE: eBay Press Release

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4 thoughts on “eBay to Fill Top PR Role after Dan Tarman’s Departure”

  1. Tarman probably got fed up making up stories as to how great the market was on eBay and painting a rosy picture of how they are making money. He saw the writing on the wall and left as quick as he could.

    “Steve is an outstanding storyteller” is just what Devil Wenig needs to give a full “story” of the outstanding success eBay is having and how they are tearing up the eCommerce world with the exaggerated GMV numbers. A perfect fit to try to plug the holes on a sinking ship.

  2. unnn another position of a seat warmer. Never missed the sitter. Greedbay is over populated by seat warmers. The swamp needs to be drained.

  3. EBay has an incredibly difficult credibility issue from what appears to be short sited profit vision. How long can they deceive Sellers with the illusion of customer service and dispute resolution (when USPS tracking is verified and apatheticly ignored during repeated calls for equity) and retain a foundation of willing victims? It appears that eBay is on a collision course with a serious wake up call to management. The brand continues it’s decline with every routed call to an unsuspecting, clueless, indifferent foreigner reading an illogical unresponsive “answer” to any particular problem presented. It’s ridiculous. If you continue with eBay, plan on forecasting 25% of your inventory are at risk. It may even be worse. Plan ahead accordingly.

  4. It won’t matter how much lipstick he puts on the pig. eBay has a credibility problem. They violate common sense and fair play in the “Market Place” by refusing to quarentee Sellers return of their items after a NOT AS DESCRIBED (many fraudulent). There are no Seller safeguards in place and eBay shouldn’t be able to dictate policy if it favors one without parity or balance. They don’t just tip the scale in ANY Buyer’s favor, they turn upside down and scoff at you in broken English. Diversify. I don’t see the idiots at eBay changing anything except maybe losing market share.

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