EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2043 - May 18, 2009     2 of 5

eBay Hires Retail Expert Who Advocated Auction Site Regulations

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eBay announced it has hired Paul Jones, former Vice President of Asset Protection at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), as Global Director of Retail Partnerships. Jones will work to bolster eBay's ongoing efforts to prevent the sale of stolen goods through vigilance and strategic partnerships with law enforcement and retailers.

In his role at RILA, Jones supported legislation that would crack down on "organized retail crime" and advocated tightening of regulations for online auction sites "and other entities that may serve as a conduit for stolen goods" (link).

Jones said in a statement, "I look forward to working with eBay's outstanding team. eBay has demonstrated real leadership with its robust work to confront challenges related to retail theft and the sale of stolen goods. It is clear to me that eBay is committed to working with both retailers and law enforcement to address this issue head on."

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