Etsy is well known and a major player in the handmade and vintage arena with a marketplace that offers curated collections and suggestions.
Andy Ballard appointed to Etsy’s Board of Directors
Etsy has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Andy Ballard to the company’s Board. Etsy also announced that Edith Cooper has resigned from the Board to focus on other commitments.
“I am delighted to welcome Andy to Etsy’s Board of Directors. Andy is a seasoned leader whose technology and management expertise complements the skillset of our existing board. He is passionate about empowering our community of more than 5 million sellers as well as advancing our efforts to nurture a diverse and inclusive workforce and marketplace.”
– Josh Silverman, Etsy’s Chief Executive Officer
Andy is currently the CEO of Wiser Solutions, which enables brands and retailers to harness the power of data to drive better decisions to serve their customers. Over the course of his nearly three-decade career he has held leadership positions across the technology, media, and finance industries. He is the founder and managing partner of Figtree Partners, an investment firm focused on software and technology.
Andy was previously a senior advisor and managing director at the private equity firm Hellman & Friedman LLC. Earlier in his career, he worked at Bain Capital, LLC and Bain & Company, Inc. Andy currently serves on the Board of Directors of Domino’s Pizza, Inc., CrossFit, Datacor, Inc., and Zignal Labs. He’s previously served on the board of Activant Solutions Inc., Catalina Marketing Corporation, DoubleClick Inc., Getty Images, Inc., Internet Brands, Inc. and Vertafore, Inc.
“Etsy’s track record over the past several years speaks for itself, and I am excited to work with the talented team and Board to support the continued growth of a company that has an incredibly powerful mission, beloved brand and vibrant community, and is a known leader when it comes to leveraging business to drive social good.”
– Andy Ballard
Right now there is an uproar on Etsy because legitimate listings are being deactivated. In an effort to eliminate designer knock-off items, vintage designer items, such as clothing and sewing patterns, are being deleted from shops by Etsy bots. Etsy sellers are allowed to list vintage or handmade or craft supply items. Yet vintage designer sewing patterns, like the ones I sell, are being taken down by the bots. Nobody can contact Etsy or do anything about it. Just another blow to legitimate sellers. Meanwhile, literally hundreds of thousands of handmade “Disney” items are still listed. There are even shops with “Disney” in the name. So many other copyright infringement items are also listed, along with manufactured items from China – definitely not handmade.