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eBay Loses Another Top Executive

Julia Hutton-Potts
eBay Loses Another Top Executive

eBay has lost (or axed?) another top executive. PR Week reported that eBay UK Communications Director Julia Hutton-Potts has departed after 11 years at the company.

The development doesn’t help eBay’s Board of Directors defend its position against activist investor Elliott Management, which has called the turnover of the eBay leadership team “alarming.” On the other hand, it may be part of cost-cutting measures meant to appease shareholders.

Hutton-Potts’ exit follows the departure last month of eBay’s US communications head Dan Tarman, who was Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer reporting directly to eBay CEO Devin Wenig.

eBay named Tarman’s replacement on January 16, noting Steve Wymer would “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.”

It’s not clear if Tarman or Hutton-Potts left eBay for other positions. eBay has declined to discuss the circumstances around Tarman’s departure.

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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/.

2 thoughts on “eBay Loses Another Top Executive”

  1. It would be best if the board of Directors replaced the entire management team with experienced 20 year Sellers on eBay. Sellers know all the problems at eBay.

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