this morning, as managing director Simon Smith steps down. Mr Smith joined eBay in 2000 and has presided over eBay.com.au’s growth to five million visitors a month, though he’ll probably be best remembered by Australian eBay users for the PayPal-only fiasco earlier this year, when the company was forced to rescind its policy banning any other payment methods. Mr Smith is replaced by Deborah Sharkey, who has been with the company for five years and has worked in several areas of the business.
So far, a fairly typical “we changed MD” notification, except for the rather odd and grumpy little quote from Simon Smith in the middle of the AB post:
In a public statement today, Simon said: “I’ve enjoyed eight exciting years at eBay and, given that recent changes to the organisation are now complete, it seems an appropriate time for me to move on.”
Outgoing MDs are usually full of eloquent praise for their colleagues and the company, tinged with a little regret, so we have to wonder exactly what those changes at eBay Australia might be.
We’d like to wish Simon Smith the very best of luck in whatever he does next, and remind him to always finish on a song: