eBay to spin PayPal off into a separate company

By Chris Dawson September 30, 2014 - 12:43 pm

eBay have announced that PayPal is to be spun off into a separate company, probably in the second half of 2015.

eBay Inc. today announced Dan Schulman is joining the company as the new President of PayPal, effective immediately. Schulman will become Chief Executive Officer of PayPal following the planned separation of the business into an independent, publicly traded company.

As president of eBay Marketplaces, Devin Wenig leads the eBay, classifieds and StubHub businesses globally. He will become CEO of the new eBay company when eBay and PayPal separate into independent publicly traded companies in 2015. As CEO of eBay, Devin will lead a new eBay Inc., consisting of the businesses that are today eBay Marketplaces and eBay Enterprises.

eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe and eBay CFO Bob Swan will oversee the separation and serve on boards of new independent companies, however neither will have an active management role if we’re reading the eBay releases correctly.

  • Mark
    3 years ago

    Wow, I guess its been on the cards. It will be interesting to see what investors make of that…

  • Gary
    3 years ago

    I sense this is not good news for small and medium sized ebay sellers. If ebay has to stand on its own two feet then look out for ebay introducing more ways to upsell (impose?) its new seller benefits and fees.

    What chance an “Amazon” style combined selling/payment fee in the future? That way ebay gets to retain some of the payment fees and does not loose out when cash/cheque/postal order payments are made.

  • john
    3 years ago

    This could be a good thing for sellers, But why do I feel like I am going to be burdened robbed and generally persecuted even more lol

    • Roger C
      3 years ago

      . . . because like all the rest of us non-corporate sellers you’ve been conditioned to accept that ANY change at eBay will cost you more.

      That “debt” that eBay will be left with . . . if it doesn’t shrink where are they going to get the funds from?

      Oh . . . you already guessed.

  • paddy
    3 years ago

    My gut reaction is that this is the beginning of the end for Ebay and the end of the beginning for Paypal.

  • Ian A
    3 years ago

    I agree, as a small retail business I’ve seen a huge decline in ebay traffic and sales of new items over the past six months and its more expensive than ever . I welcome any change at this point.

  • Rich B
    3 years ago

    I have to agree with Ian A. Slow sales on eBay, worst for a year. Time for a change. Lets hope it works out.

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