09 January 2009 | 11:16AM EST
***A system error removed this announcement which was originally posted on Tuesday 16 December.***
eBay Vice President Simon Smith, who’s headed up the Australian operations for eight years, today announced that he’s leaving the organisation. At the same time, eBay Director, Deborah Sharkey has been named as Managing Director of eBay Australia and New Zealand Pty Ltd.
Simon joined us in 2000, just a year after the company’s launch in Australia and helped build us into the country’s leading online marketplace: five-million Australian visitors a month (Nielsen//NetRatings Netview September 2008) and more than 17,500 Australians use eBay as their primary or only source of income (AC Nielsen).
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.”
We’ll miss Simon and we wish him well.
Deborah Sharkey has been with us for five years, has a deep, all-round understanding of eBay having worked in several areas of the business. Deborah’s leadership and experience will help us continue to build a successful marketplace for sellers and buyers in Australia.
The eBay team