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PayPal President David Marcus quits for Facebook

By Chris Dawson June 9, 2014 - 9:07 pm

David MarcusDavid Marcus is quitting PayPal to go head up Facebook’s messaging division.

The official blurb from eBay CEO John Donahoe says “We wish David well and thank him for his leadership and commitment to PayPal. As the head of PayPal for the past two years, David reinvigorated product design to deliver compelling consumer experiences and energized the team to make a great business better. An entrepreneur at heart, David has made a career decision to focus on what he loves most – leading smaller teams to create great product experiences“.

David was acquired by eBay when they bought his former company Zong in 2011 and become head of PayPal in 2012. He’s one of the new breed of eBay Inc leaders who shook things up, even going so far as to tell employees that if they couldn’t remember their PayPal password or hadn’t installed the PayPal app they should go get a job somewhere else.

His decision to lead a “smaller team” is somewhat confusing, Facebook is a behemoth with over 6,000 employees (PayPal has over 10,000) and whilst leading the messaging products team is likely to involve considerably less employees, the company culture will still be very different to his start up Zong.

It’s also a massive loss to PayPal – for too many years it grew to have a typical corporate structure, but David re-energised the company with a slew of new innovative products during his tenure such as PayPal Here chip and pin card reader and PayPal Check In as well as a culture more akin to a start up.

We wish David luck in his new position, but he leaves very big shoes behind to fill. It’ll now be down to John Donohoe to find someone who can carry forward the culture of innovation that David started and ensure that PayPal won’t return to the stifled conglomerate it had become.

  • jo
    3 years ago

    He’s quite dishy. Just sayin.

  • Abs
    3 years ago

    Does indeed look a bit George Clooney silver fox…
    On to a new challenge, or leaving ebays sinking ship behind

  • tinker
    3 years ago

    dont matter who the general is
    its the troops that take the bullets

  • 3 years ago

    I wouldn’t say Paypal or eBay is a sinking ship. Far from it. There have been some problems with eBay but bigger companies have been hit by hackers also. Its unfortunately a threat to all companies these days but if eBay pull out some clever marketing which I am sure they will then things will get back to normal. And Paypal in general is just absolutely superb.

    • chrissieboy
      3 years ago

      i’ll have some of what you’re on and i might see pies in the sky and flying pigs as well

    • Craig
      3 years ago

      Sure its called positivity. It cant be bought in stores but if you can get your hands on some its great.

    • chrissieboy
      3 years ago

      Craig, i applaud your positivity, i reaaly do. Paypal is an expensive convenience, generally superb – except when the seller gets absolutely shafted with no recourse. As for ebay, the hack is just one of many problems and is only hangin on because as yet there is no realistic alternative. Once that happens ebay will go the way of myspace, bebo, woolworths, c&a, ratners etc etc

  • Steve
    3 years ago

    As the rumblings continue both in the US and EU to cap electronic payment charges – the Banks say is costs 12p to process an electronic payment , doubtless looking to the future this might be a good move- its no longer acceptable to quote fraud as the reason behind high charges, and desperate extensions to buyer protection (in paypals case, 180 days) won’t wash. Basically we are being ripped off by these scandalous charges and full marks to David Marcus for making a move before the real work begins.

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