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Tue Jan 22 2008 22:50:02

Possible New eBay CEO Behind Yahoo, Google Ads

By: Ina Steiner

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The Wall Street Journal's Mylene Mangalindan is out with another article on eBay - this time on John Donahoe, who she says may be replacing Meg Whitman as CEO soon. One interesting factoid that I don't remember being aware of is that Donahoe was behind the ads on the site that compete with eBay sellers' listings:

Ms. Whitman also charged Mr. Donahoe with leading companywide initiatives. In late 2005 and 2006, he headed discussions with Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc. about putting ads brokered by those companies on eBay's Web pages, which at the time was the largest Web site without third-party advertisements. Those revenue-sharing advertising agreements, potentially worth millions, allowed Yahoo to display ads on eBay's U.S. pages and allowed Google to display ads on eBay's international pages.

Mangalindan's article from Tuesday, which said Meg was getting ready to step down, caused a stir today (see previous blog post). She says in tomorrow (Wednesday)'s article, "Though Mr. Donahoe is widely seen as the leading candidate, Rajiv Dutta, president of the PayPal online-payment business, and Mr. Cobb are also considered contenders."

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by: Randy Smythe

Wed Jan 23 01:17:14 2008

My vote if for Jeff Jordan to come back and take over as CEO.

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by: Sue @ TameBay

Wed Jan 23 04:23:12 2008

Rajiv Dutta would, IMO, be a great choice. He has vision (of the right sort!).

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by: Ina Steiner

Wed Jan 23 09:19:17 2008

Randy, that's an interesting idea. I was thinking about Jordan because someone pointed out in the comments in the previous post that it is up to the board to select the new CEO, not Whitman.

Sue, I've always been impressed with Dutta's presentations when he was eBay CFO. With all this talk about spinning off PayPal, though, he may be slated to stick with PayPal.

I'm waiting for someone to suggest Helmet Cat.  

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by: Cathy

Wed Jan 23 16:27:37 2008

Well, looks like it's official and Donohue is taking over the reins.  I've never really heard anything that inspires me about him, but it's a relief to see Meg leave.

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by: Cathy

Wed Jan 23 16:50:24 2008

Bill Cobb is retiring at the end of the year as well.  YES!  eBay claimed it had "strong holiday sales" (really? who? where?) but their 2008 projections were below Wall St.'s expectations and the shares have dropped more than seven percent to $26.69/share since the NYSE closed at 4:00, less than an hour ago.

Possible New eBay CEO Behind Yahoo, Google Ads   Possible New eBay CEO Behind Yahoo, Google Ads

by: RK

Thu Jan 24 07:34:59 2008

I was hoping to start singing:

Ding Dong the Wicket _itch is gone!

Sounds like she is not going to give up regardless if she has a replacement. She's not done sucking eBay dry.

Now she devote more time to buy her way into ruining our country. Can you imagine what will happen to our nation if Romney gets elected and he gives her a position? It scares me to think what this country will revolve into!



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