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Look, I Was Just Three Weeks Late…Ebay's Whitman to Retire

By - January 21, 2008

Remember my predictions last year? Remember when I said this?:

6. eBay will have a major change in executive leadership. This feels overdue.

Well, I was wrong, it didn’t happen in 2007. But, it is happening three weeks into 2008:


from The Wall Street Journal.

Jan. 22, 2008

EBay CEO Meg Whitman is preparing to retire, and John Donahoe, president of eBay’s auction business unit, has emerged as the leading candidate to succeed her.

A decision about her departure could come within weeks, though the situation remains fluid, say people familiar with the matter. It would mean the loss of one of Silicon Valley’s highest-profile CEOs.

I think Meg waited just to spite me. (Kidding, really, I’m kidding…). But honestly, Meg is the longest running Internet CEO on record who was not a founder, and I can only imagine she’s ready for something new. Or maybe, just a few months on the beach.

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2 thoughts on “Look, I Was Just Three Weeks Late…Ebay's Whitman to Retire

  1. Sam Lawrence says:

    Near miss. 🙂

    Now let’s see if my prediction comes true and Amazon buys them after all.

  2. Shawn says:

    That is a damn good call John. Seriously.