eBay replaces CEO as it weighs selling off assets

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Scott Schenkel, a longtime eBay (EBAY) executive, will take over as interim CEO while the board conducts a search for a permanent replacement.

“Devin has been a tireless advocate for driving improvement in the business, particularly in leading the Company forward after the PayPal spinoff,” Thomas Tierney, chairman of the board at eBay, said in a statement. “Indeed, eBay is stronger today than it was four years ago.”

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But the executive shuffle also comes at a key moment for the company. Earlier this year, eBay initiated a strategic review of its assets, including ticket sales site StubHub and the Classifieds Group, after facing pressure from activist investors to spin off or sell these properties.

In the announcement Wednesday, eBay said this strategic review is ongoing.

The company also previously added two directors to its board, including Jesse Cohn of Elliott Management, a hedge fund that disclosed a 4% stake in the company in January and began agitating for change.

This year, eBay also announced a restructuring that would bring various regional marketplace units under one global leadership team.
Even if these moves do appease investors, analysts have questioned how much eBay can turn around its business, which faces a years-long decline in relevance and prestige in the face of competition from Amazon (AMZN) and others.

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