Ahead of the eBay, PayPal separation, eBay Inc. announced the appointment of two new independent directors to its board: Tony Bates (right), president of GoPro, and Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross.
"The appointments of Tony and Gail to the board represent our commitment to adding highly qualified independent directors in preparation for creating two world-class boards," said John Donahoe, president and CEO of eBay Inc. "Tony and Gail are accomplished leaders. We look forward to their valuable insights and contributions as we launch two dynamic, global companies that are well positioned to create lasting value for their shareholders and customers."
The company also announced that current board members William Ford and Richard Schlosberg, who each served for about a decade, do not intend to stand for re-election at the 2015 Annual Meeting. With their departures and the arrival of Bates and McGovern, the eBay board will have 15 directors.
Bates has 25 years of leadership experience in the technology industry. Before joining GoPro he served as executive VP of Microsoft's business development and evangelism group, taking charge of its corporate strategy team. Previously, he was CEO of Skype from 2011 to 2013, where he led the company's integration with Microsoft.
McGovern has 28 years of corporate experience, including roles as president of Fidelity Personal Investments and executive VP of AT&T's consumer markets division. She also serves on the board of DTE Energy and The Weather Company, and is part of the president's Management Advisory Board. Press release