San Jose, CA, March 10, 2005 – eBay, the World`s Online Marketplace (Nasdaq: EBAY; www.ebay.com), today announced that Beth Axelrod has been named senior vice president of human resources. Reporting to eBay COO Maynard Webb, Axelrod will be responsible for all areas of the company`s global human resources including recruiting, training, compensation, benefits and the continuing evolution of the company`s unique corporate culture.
Before joining eBay, Axelrod had been chief talent officer at WPP, the global communications services group, since 2002. At WPP she was responsible for recruitment, development, compensation, performance management and retention. Prior to WPP, she was a partner at McKinsey & Company where she co-led the consultancy`s organization and leadership practice and led the consultancy`s talent management research and client service efforts. Prior to McKinsey, she worked on mergers and acquisitions for First Boston, Inc. in New York and London.
In addition, Henry Gomez has been promoted to senior vice president, corporate communications and government relations, reporting to eBay CEO Meg Whitman. Gomez joined eBay in 2000 and is responsible for public relations, community development, internal communications and government relations around the world. He is also chairman of the eBay Foundation.
Prior to joining eBay, Gomez worked at HBO, the premium television network, from 1993 to 2000, most recently as vice president of corporate affairs. Before working at HBO, Gomez held a number of communications positions at NYNEX (now Verizon), Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart and Hill and Knowlton.
Both Axelrod and Gomez will join the company`s Executive Staff.
eBay is The World`s Online Marketplace(R). Founded in 1995, eBay created a powerful platform for the sale of goods and services by a passionate community of individuals and businesses. On any given day, there are millions of items across thousands of categories for sale on eBay. eBay enables trade on a local, national and international basis with customized sites in markets around the world. Through an array of services, such as its payment solution provider PayPal, eBay is enabling global e-commerce for an ever-growing online community.
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