Dear eBay Affiliates, It is with great pleasure and regret that I must let you know that I am leaving my position as global head of the eBay Partner Network team for another position within eBay. I’ve been asked to lead eBay’s global Paid Search team – which manages our paid advertising across all of the major search engines and shopping comparison sites, for eBay.com and all of our internal eBay Inc. properties. While I will continue to be involved with the team in an advisory role, starting in a few weeks my focus will be on my new position.
The opportunity is a bittersweet one for me. eBay makes it a priority to develop its leaders by putting them in new positions over time, and although I’ll miss working with the eBay Partner Network, I’m fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work with this fantastic team and with so many of you before moving into my new role.
That said, my leaving is made easier by the fact the team will be in very capable hands after my transition. I’m pleased to announce that Chad Wehrmaker, longtime veteran of eBay and the eBay Partner Network team, will be stepping into the role of global lead of the eBay Partner Network.
Chad is fantastic and I can’t think of a better person to take over running the team. He brings a wealth of eBay experience to this role, having worked on Natural Search for several years before coming over to the Affiliate team in early 2007. Since then he has led our Operations team, working to develop our payments, analytical, and customer service capabilities and has pioneered much of the way we think about quality at ePN and the building of all of the infrastructure that underpins what we do. Under his leadership, I firmly believe the team is set up to continue to innovate and be a true partner to you, furthering our progress towards making eBay Partner Network the best affiliate program in the industry.
Please join me in congratulating Chad on his new role! He’ll be following my post in the coming days to introduce himself to those of you who haven’t met him and to outline his vision for the program for 2010 and beyond.
In the meantime, I’ve enjoyed working with so many of you, and have greatly appreciated the opportunity to get to know you. Thank you and best of luck with your businesses going forward!