eBay Taps Tech Entrepreneur To Lead PayPal
EBay Inc named mobile record businessman David Marcus boss of a PayPal section on Thursday, replacing Scott Thompson, who left in Jan to turn arch executive of Yahoo Inc.
The appointment shows a significance of PayPal’s pull into mobile payments globally and a efforts to routine exchange in earthy stores, not usually online.
Marcus, a local of France who turns 39 on Apr 12, pronounced he skeleton to hang to a plan Thompson and other tip PayPal executives set in new years.
“The plan is clearly set. It’s a right strategy. We put this together as a group. We usually need to execute,” Marcus pronounced in an interview.
PayPal’s tip priorities are building “products and consumer experiences” that change a approach people compensate around a world, he added.
John Donahoe, eBay’s arch executive, pronounced PayPal is during an critical “inflexion point” since it is relocating into offline payments.
“What PayPal needs is a genuine product idealist who can move together constrained consumer and businessman experiences,” Donahoe said. “We have a scale. Products are tellurian on day one.”
Marcus came to PayPal final year when eBay acquired Zong, a mobile payments association that he founded. Marcus had been PayPal’s clamp boss of mobile and will turn a boss on Apr 2, eBay said.
PayPal is eBay’s many profitable business, so analysts and investors had been examination closely to see who would reinstate Thompson.
“He is a well-regarded executive and businessman with both a payments and Internet background,” pronounced Colin Sebastian, an researcher during Robert W. Baird Co. “A unequivocally intelligent guy.”
Marcus’s appointment shows that PayPal had a clever dais of gifted executives from that to collect a president, pronounced Gil Luria, an researcher during Wedbush Securities.
It also shows how critical tellurian mobile payments are to PayPal’s future, Luria added.
Coding At 8
As owner and CEO of Zong, Marcus grown relations with some-more than 250 telecom carriers and some-more than 1,000 online merchants before eBay bought it for about $240 million in Aug 2011.
“He’s a natural-born businessman who has implausible care capabilities — we don’t see that in many entrepreneurs,” pronounced Dana Stalder, a former PayPal executive who is now a ubiquitous partner during try collateral organisation Matrix Partners.
Matrix was a vital Zong financier and Stalder worked closely with Marcus for about dual years before a eBay acquisition.
“Of a PayPal care group that David became partial of, he’s a usually man cut from a businessman cloth,” Stalder added. “John Donahoe has done a really transparent matter that he values creation and entrepreneurship above all else in picking David.”
Growing adult in Paris and Geneva, Marcus taught himself how to write program formula on a personal mechanism during age eight.
At 23, Marcus started his initial company, GTN, that became one of a tip 3 choice carriers in Switzerland and was acquired by World Access in 2000.
Before Zong, Marcus started Echovox in Europe, a mobile media monetization association that after shaped a substructure for Zong.
Marcus and another former Zong executive Hill Ferguson led a new launch of PayPal Here, a use that lets tiny merchants accept credit label and PayPal payments by a triangular “dongle” that plugs into a tip of iPhones.
“Mobile is really a place where creation starts. That’s where people wish to use payments and we need to follow them there,” Marcus said. “We need to innovate on any device. We will continue pulling a product bulletin on mobile.”
PayPal Here’s dongle has nonetheless to launch on intelligent phones that work on Google Inc’s Android mobile platform. Google’s Wallet business is in an heated rival conflict with PayPal over a destiny of mobile payments.
Marcus pronounced there is “no emanate whatsoever” with PayPal Here operative on Android, observant that a use will be rolled out to a open in April.
EBay shares slipped 0.7 per cent to $36.99 in afternoon trade on Nasdaq.