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eBay Replaces Chief Technology and Product Officers

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eBay Replaces Chief Technology and Product Officers

eBay filled the position of Chief Product Officer after a 1-year vacancy following the departure of RJ Pittman in July 2018.

eBay also found a replacement for Chief Technology Officer Steve Fisher who abruptly stepped down in May to focus on his wife’s health issues.

Pete Thompson has joined eBay as Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer, and Mazen Rawashdeh was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Both will be members of eBay’s executive leadership team, reporting to President and CEO Devin Wenig.

Thompson, who will join the company on July 29, will focus on simplifying an increasingly personalized and discovery-based shopping experience, while providing the enhanced tools and insights that help eBay sellers succeed, according to Monday’s announcement.

He comes to eBay from Amazon where he served as Vice President of Alexa Voice Service. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of TiVo and has held executive roles at Microsoft, T-Mobile, Ericsson, and Sonos.

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eBay veteran Rawashdeh spent eight years in technology leadership roles with eBay from 2003 to 2011 before departing to serve as Vice President, Infrastructure Operation Engineering at Twitter where he helped scale the business through its IPO. After four additional years as an angel investor and tech advisor, Rawashdeh returned to eBay in 2016 to lead Platform Engineering.

As Chief Technology Officer, Rawashdeh will continue to lead platform engineering and the company’s infrastructure and platform architecture, as well as AI, research and data science, payment and risk engineering, and eBay’s third-party developer ecosystem and APIs.

eBay also announced the arrival of two additional executives who will expand the company’s leadership experience across search and product analytics:

  • VP, Search Engineering: Starting today, Scott Gaffney will join eBay, applying 20 years of experience — including most recently as VP Engineering, Web Search & Intelligent Agents at Yahoo — to eBay’s search technology teams.
  • VP, Product Analytics: Steve Metz is returning to eBay, where he has spent most of his career, from Amazon. Metz will be charged with further enhancing the eBay buying and selling experience by leveraging new product and business insights from eBay’s vast ecosystem. He will start August 12.

View the full announcement on the eBay website.

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5 thoughts on “eBay Replaces Chief Technology and Product Officers”

  1. Wenig must be promising these people big golden parachutes when the platform is sold off as there is no other reason that anybody should want to come back to or begin working for a company that has become the laughing stock of the industry. To those that have been buying and selling on Ebay for many years, the platform is nothing but a huge failure in all aspects now and to those that are the up and comers and just starting out in their lives, Ebay is a company that most have not ever heard of. The only thing that will turn Ebay around is to get rid of the cancer that is leading the company and then bring in some competent help as Wenig is only going to hire employees that he feels are no threat to him, in other words, even more incompetent.

    Ebays BOD needs to wake up and send this joke of a CEO packing, no matter how much dirt or other things he has on them because if they don’t do something soon, the BOD will not have much of a company left to need them..

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