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

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: TECHNOLOGY ALERT from The Wall Street Journal. Jan. 22,…

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:

TECHNOLOGY ALERT

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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