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eBay, PayPal Executive News

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eBay and PayPal have made a number of new hires of late. PayPal recently hired three industry veterans to help drive global growth and said it expects more than half of its growth from outside the U.S. over the next three years.

John McCabe is now senior vice president of worldwide operations for PayPal, responsible for risk operations, customer support and payment operations. Ed Eger is senior vice president of transaction management, covering risk management and core payment processing worldwide. Renier Lemmens will lead PayPal's business in Europe, where he will be responsible for expanding usage of PayPal on eBay and on other ecommerce sites across the region, as well as supporting European developer adoption of PayPal X, PayPal's platform initiative. All three executives will report to PayPal President Scott Thompson.

Meanwhile, eBay hired Eric Brill, PhD, as vice president of research and applied science where he will lead the company's existing eBay Research Labs. Brill comes to eBay most recently from Microsoft where, among other roles, he founded and led that company's Text Mining, Search and Navigation Research Group. Of Brill's hiring, eBay CTO and SVP of Marketplaces Product Mark Carges said, "Search is all about predictions, highly educated guesses about what people really mean when they type in a word like Diesel or a phrase like "red, white and blue." Eric's expertise in natural language processing and data mining is a huge asset as we continue to improve our ability to determine customer intent and get the right products in front of the right buyer at exactly the right moment."

Andreessen Added to HP Board, Swett Joins Shutterly Board
In other news, former eBay Chief Operating Officer Brian Swette hass joined Shutterfly's Board of Directors. Mr. Swette oversaw eBay's international expansion, marketing and customer support and was instrumental in expanding the company into new product categories, including used cars.

And Marc Andreessen, who co-founded Netscape and Ning and is co-founder and general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, has been elected to serve on the HP board of directors. Mr. Andreessen currently sits on eBay and Facebook's board, and his venture capital firm is part of a consortium that agreed to buy a 65 percent stake in eBay's Skype subsidiary.

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