eBay’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) is leaving the company, the latest in an exodus of top executives. Dan Morales joined eBay in 2011 and will become CIO of Universal Music Group (UMG), effective April 15, 2019.
According to the press release announcing his appointment, UMG said that Morale’s responsibilities at eBay included “business intelligence and analytics, networking, global enterprise technology operations and enabling functions.”
“When eBay and PayPal split in 2015, Morales led the team that separated the companies’ technology systems and rebuilt eBay’s global technology and applications,” the press release continued.
Among the accomplishments at eBay Morales cites on his LinkedIn profile: “Partnered with Business Executives, to build a massively scalable signal detection engine that leveraged advance data science techniques to detect data anomalies with fraud, ecommerce trends and cyber security intrusions.”
Note that a CIO is different from a Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In eBay’s case, CTO Steve Fisher is responsible for the end-to-end eBay product experience and technology platform, and he also leads the strategy and execution of eBay’s major new payments initiative.
In 2017, Silicon Valley Business Journal reported that Morales won the Bay Area CIO of the Year lifetime achievement award, noting that he was revamping eBay’s IT ecosystem in the wake of eBay’s split with PayPal.
“eBay was left with legacy technology when we kind of split our own way,” the CIO told the publication, which also quoted eBay Chief Financial Officer praising his colleague for helping separate the IT infrastructure between eBay and PayPal.
Now eBay is facing another breakup as activist investors urge it to explore selling off StubHub and its eBay Classifieds unit.