EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2755 - March 07, 2012     1 of 4

eBay Loses Seller Experience VP Todd Lutwak to Andreessen Horowitz

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Todd Lutwak, Vice President of Seller Experience at eBay, left the company after 12 years to become a consumer operating partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Lutwak said he wanted a new challenge in the Valley and had been thinking about it for a while.

eBay spokesperson Johnna Hoff told EcommerceBytes, "In 12 years at eBay, Todd brought a real passion about the business, an intuitive understanding of our customers - both buyers and sellers - and a genuine love of eBay. While we will miss him here, we know he'll be welcomed into the next phase of his career."

Hoff said Vice President of Merchant Development Michael Jones will add to his role with seller experience. Jones handled communications for the recent Seller Release and has been making seller-related announcements on eBay's General Announcement board for the past month, which Lutwak had been doing ever since eBay lost its VP of Seller Experience Dinesh Lathi, in the fall, a month after eBay brought in outsider Devin Wenig to head its Marketplaces business, replacing Lorrie Norrington.

In a conversation with EcommerceBytes this week, Lutwak had nothing but good things to say about eBay. He emphasized that he would not be competing with eBay, and said his new employer was friendly with eBay (Marc Andreesen sits on the eBay Board of Directors, and former eBay/PayPal executive Jeff Jordan became a general partner of Andreessen Horowitz last year).

After making his decision to leave, Lutwak took a sabbatical from eBay and went on an African safari, then made the transition over the course of two months.

Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies include Pinterest, Fab, Facebook, Airbnb, Foursquare and Zynga.


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