Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Should Jeff Jordan Replace Meg not John Donahoe?

I'm just throwing this out there for what its worth. I would think that eBay Board of Directors might at least consider Jeff Jordan to replace Meg Whitman. I'm sure that John Donahoe is Meg's hand picked successor but I believe the board should at least consider Jeff as the next CEO of eBay, Inc.

Jeff Jordan has been away from eBay for close to 2 years and I'm sure he is happy running OpenTable but could he actually be the right guy to take over for Meg Whitman when she leaves the company. He has the resume for the job and at one time was the heir apparent.

Jeff ran eBay's North American marketplace business in the good days and helped expand PayPal away from eBay. He is both an insider and now an outsider with a deep understanding of what make eBay tick.

I think the board should at least consider Jeff for the position, but I'm not holding my breath.

Just my 5 cents!


ONLYEBAY said...

Outstanding suggesting. Jeff would be my pick hands down.

Randy Smythe said...

OnlyeBay - Too bad we aren't making the decisions. I believe Jeff is the one guy who understands eBay enough to turn things around.

I just don't see the board offering him the job, which is too bad.

Steve said...

One of the dumbest things eBay has ever done, is let Jeff Jordan leave.

He gets it. He's super smart. And he was the hardest working person I ever saw when I worked at eBay. On top of everything else, he is truly a nice person.

He's too smart to go back.

Randy Smythe said...

Steve, I'm hearing the same thing from a number of people. I'm not sure it is a foregone conclusion that Donahoe has the job in the bag.

I think the board could convince Jeff to come on board again. I think this is the perfect time to make a move like this. The whole community would support it and I think investors would get on board as well.

Tony P. said...

Randy, did you read my mind? Hopefully you got a vibe from the ebay Board room.

If Pierre is trying to reclaim the company via buyback, this would be one heck of a bolster to that effort. Like you state, it would bring the community and investors back onboard.

In the past two years, ebay has lost quite a few of the personable, sincere exec's that the community trusted. If Jeff, Adam, Matt and a few others came back, it would be a day of days. No doubt.

Randy Smythe said...

Tony, the problem is nobody really listens to me. If the Wall Street Journal posted that Jeff Jordan was being considered that would carry some weight.

Hopefully the board doesn't just rubber stamp Meg's pick.