eBay has announced a major management shakeup, including what it says was a planned departure of PayPal President Jeff Jordan in the fall, writes AuctionBytes.com. "The changes will help the company leverage the expertise of top executives and further eBay's efforts to build synergies among its brands," eBay's statement said in corporate-speak. Jordan, once considered a successor to eBay President and CEO Meg Whitman, is leaving ostensibly "to spend more time with his family."
Skype President Rajiv Dutta will replace Jordan. Dutta has been with eBay since 1998 and served as eBay's CFO and head of strategy from 2001 through 2005. The senior-management shuffle comes in the wake of Google's launch of its Google Checkout payment system, viewed by many as a "PayPal killer." (eBay has announced that it hasn't approved Google Checkout as a payment method for its sellers).
Alex Kazim, Skype's vice-president of products, will become president of Skype, reporting to Skype CEO and founder Niklas Zennstrom. Shopping.com VP of products. Josh Silverman will assume day-to-day operations at Shopping.com as general manager; he co-founded Evite and was its CEO before joining eBay. Henry Gomez, currently GM of Skype North America, will become Skype CMO and director of country operations worldwide, a newly created role.
The eBay announcement includes other management changes as well.