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President and CEO designee Dan Schulman joined PayPal in 2014 to lead the comp...
President and CEO designee Dan Schulman joined PayPal in 2014 to lead the company into its next phase as an independent business, following the announcement of its separation from eBay slated for 2015. A former collegiate athlete, and practitioner of martial arts, Dan was attracted to PayPal’s competitive edge. With his deep experience in payments and mobile technology, Dan will lead PayPal in exploring unique growth opportunities on a global scale and provide both consumers and merchants with superior value.
Dan previously served as Group President of Enterprise Growth at American Express where he led global strategy to expand the company’s alternative mobile and online payment services. Under his leadership, American Express successfully launched its next-generation digital payments platform, developed non-traditional sources of revenue and introduced a suite of payment products to expand the company’s demographic and geographic reach.
Prior to joining American Express, Dan was President of the Prepaid Group at Sprint Nextel Corporation following its acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA, Inc., where he led the company as its founding CEO. During his eight years at Virgin Mobile USA, he developed the company from its earliest stages as one of the first U.S. prepaid cell phone providers to a dynamic public company, when it was eventually acquired by Sprint Nextel in 2009 at a total value of $688 million. Earlier in his career, Dan was President and CEO of Priceline Group, Inc., where he led the company through a period of rapid growth and expansion. He also spent 18 years at AT&T, where he held a series of positions, including President of the Consumer Markets Division.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dan is most proud of his achievements in helping underserved populations. While at Virgin Mobile, the company won the private sector award for bringing focus to the plight of homeless youth. During his time at American Express, he drove attention and introduced new products to the 70 million U.S. adults underserved by traditional consumer financial institutions.
Dan earned a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a Master of Business from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. In his commitment to help those in need, Dan is a board member of Autism Speaks. He also serves on the boards of Flextronics, International Ltd. and Symantec Corporation, where he is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board.
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Chief Financial Officer Patrick Dupuis joined PayPal in 2010 to help PayPal ex...
Chief Financial Officer Patrick Dupuis joined PayPal in 2010 to help PayPal expand globally and build a sustainable company while growing at twice the market rates.Printable Version
At PayPal, Patrick is responsible for overall financial planning and management as well as operational excellence. Patrick's role is both strategic and operational, driving global integration, planning and alignment across functions and across partners. During his tenure at the company, in separate occasions, he stepped in as acting leader of Asia, Europe and PayPal overall through 2 - 6 months transitions.
Patrick comes to PayPal after having spent over 20 years overseeing financial strategy at leading companies in a broad range of industries, including health care (he was the CFO at both BJC Healthcare, one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, and GE Healthcare, a $10 billion division of GE), business process management (as vice president and general manager of GE Capital International Services – now Genpact), and customer service (he is the former CFO of Sitel, an international call center outsourcing providers).
A dual citizen of France and the United States, Patrick graduated from the Ecole de Management de Lyon in France.
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A skilled and proven leader whose experience spans nearly every aspect of tech...
A skilled and proven leader whose experience spans nearly every aspect of technology, research and development, risk management, business strategy, and marketing, Tomer Barel brings a unique breadth of insight and knowledge to his role as PayPal’s chief risk officer.
Tomer joined PayPal in 2009 to manage the successful integration of Fraud Sciences, an Israeli start-up acquired by PayPal that developed break-through innovations in online fraud detection. He came to PayPal from 3DV Systems, a pioneer of imaging technology that enables video cameras to capture three dimensional objects and sense motion. As vice president of business development and marketing, Tomer oversaw the company’s strategic partnerships and led its marketing campaigns. Before 3DV Systems, Tomer worked for McKinsey & Company in Israel and the UK, advising leading businesses in retail, financial services, and health care on sales, business strategy, and acquisitions. He has also served in the Israeli military intelligence in various technology, product management and data collection roles.
In 2012, Tomer was named PayPal’s vice president of advanced risk sciences. In that role he led a team of 170 analysts and engineers working in the United States, Israel, Ireland, and China that focused on development and deployment of automated risk management and fraud detection solutions. Named chief risk officer in 2013, Tomer is responsible for every aspect of risk management in PayPal, including enterprise, regulatory, credit and financial risk, as he leads teams across the company that are dedicated to continually refining and improving PayPal’s industry-leading risk management systems.
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With over 15 years experience creating and managing financial product...
With over 15 years experience creating and managing financial products and services for consumer Internet and mobile technology companies, Hill Ferguson brings a deep commitment to making complex things easier to understand and easier to use for people around the world. As PayPal's Global Head of Consumer Business, Hill is responsible for the global consumer business by growing and engaging the consumer base worldwide. He oversees user experience design, product management, engineering, product marketing, consumer lifecycle management and globalization.
Before joining PayPal in 2011, Hill was vice president of product and marketing at Zong, which pioneered new technologies that enabled consumers to make payments quickly and easily using a mobile phone number. Zong built a vast network of over 250 mobile operators in over 50 countries, while building a merchant network of leading digital goods and online gaming developers such as Sony, Sulake, Bigpoint and Facebook. He has also worked as general manager at Yodlee, where he helped develop and market personal financial management software and consumer payments products used by leading financial institutions. As a senior product manager at Yahoo!, he helped create the award-winning Yahoo! Finance website, and developed a variety of payment services. He also co-founded LoanBack, a peer-to-peer loan management service that has helped consumers manage over $1.7 billion in loans from friends and family.
Hill holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Vanderbilt University and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.Printable Version
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Bill Ready brings to PayPal in-depth knowledge of both the payments and techno...
Bill Ready brings to PayPal in-depth knowledge of both the payments and technology space, having built and grown multiple cutting edge payments companies. As PayPal’s Global Head of Merchant and Next-Generation Commerce, Bill is responsible for PayPal’s checkout experiences, Braintree, Venmo and building out an end-to-end platform designed for the future of commerce, across in-store, online and mobile channels.Printable Version
Bill came to PayPal with the acquisition of Braintree in 2013, where, as CEO, he and his team fueled the mobile commerce revolution by building one of the most innovative and influential startups in the payments industry. With its emphasis on mobile-first experiences, elegant tools for developers, and incredible customer support, Braintree developed industry-leading payment solutions that power many of the world’s most disruptive businesses, including Uber, Airbnb, Houzz and HotelTonight. Prior to Braintree, Bill was executive in residence at Accel Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital and growth equity firm. A veteran of the payments industry, Bill served as president of iPay Technologies beginning in 2008, guiding the company through a period of rapid revenue and earnings growth, and its sale to Jack Henry & Associates for $300 million in 2010. He also worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he advised leading financial technology companies, and was an early engineer at two other successful start-ups: emphesys (merged with Humana in 2001) and Netzee (IPO November 1999).
Bill holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was an honors recipient and a bachelor's degree in information systems and finance from the University of Louisville.
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With more than 25 years of technology experience th...
With more than 25 years of technology experience that spans the military, academic world, business consulting, payments, and enterprise platforms and infrastructure, PayPal’s James Barrese is uniquely qualified to lead the company’s efforts to transform the payments industry with secure, innovative solutions for consumers and businesses.
A graduate of Stanford, James served as a high-frequency communications specialist for the U.S. Army Signal Corp, spent time as a programmer at Stanford, worked for Andersen Consulting, and then joined the e-philanthropy company Charitableway as vice president of engineering. In 2001, James joined eBay and led a number of strategic technology initiatives, including serving as the vice president in charge of delivering the open platforms, creating infrastructure services, systems software, analytics and site operations running the world’s largest marketplace at scale.
In 2011, James moved over to PayPal, first as vice president of global product development and, beginning in 2012, as chief technology officer. In 2015, he expanded his role to also lead the Payment Services business in PayPal, a global team that powers the efficient movement of money and rewards into, out of, and within the PayPal network. With a mobile-first approach and commitment to creating customer experiences that make things simpler and easier, James and his team drive PayPal’s overall technology strategy, building a next-generation global infrastructure, data platforms and secure, flexible and reliable systems that deliver innovation that meets – and exceeds – customers’ ever-evolving payment needs.
James earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Stanford University. He is a board member of Marin Software and The Tech Museum of Innovation. James is also a member of the Technical Advisory Council for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and serves on a digital advisory board for VimpleCom, one of the world's largest integrated telecommunications services operators.Printable Version
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With more than 30 years of experience in banking and technology, John McCabe, ...
With more than 30 years of experience in banking and technology, John McCabe, PayPal’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, has been at the forefront of sweeping changes that have impacted how these industries operate. He was at Chemical Bank in 1982 when it introduced Pronto, a pioneering online banking service that ran on the Atari gaming system that was one of the earliest efforts to offer home banking on a personal device.Printable Version
Since then, he has worked in senior executive positions running retail banking, operations, financial services, call centers, and strategic planning at ICT Group, Global Telecommunication Solutions Inc., National Westminster Bancorp, and other companies. Before joining PayPal in 2009, John was the executive vice president at Wachovia Direct Access, which served more than 15 million customers through 15 contact centers located around the world.
Looking for an opportunity to be part of a company with a real opportunity to change the world, and frustrated by the conservative nature of traditional banking, John joined PayPal in 2009. As head PayPal’s risk operations, customer support, and compliance operations, John is focused on translating his three decades’ worth of experience driving better convenience and security for consumer to help reinvent the global payment system.
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A champion of diversity with a deep commitment to human rights, Louise Pentland b...
A champion of diversity with a deep commitment to human rights, Louise Pentland brings a broad global understanding of privacy, government relations and intellectual property to PayPal. In her role as General Counsel, she is responsible for ensuring that PayPal complies with financial and regulatory requirements across all global markets.
Before joining PayPal, Louise served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Nokia Corporation, where she managed a team of 400 lawyers, IP experts, government relations professionals and support staff working in more than 30 countries. Consistently cited for its excellence in IP management, in 2011, the Nokia legal team was named Europe’s most innovative in-house legal team by the Financial Times. Louise also served on the board of the Nokia Siemens Networks, a joint venture between Nokia and Siemens, and she played a leading role in the sale of Nokia’s handset business to Microsoft.
Focused on public service, Louise is involved in a number of pro bono activities, including volunteer work with the Human Rights Initiative in Dallas where she represents unaccompanied children who have come to the United States in search of asylum. She has also worked with women and children who are victims of domestic violence. As an active supporter of diversity in the legal profession, she mentors young women and speaks on panels to encourage more women to pursue the role of general counsel.
Louise recently was nominated to the Board of Directors of Hitachi, pending formal appointment at the company’s upcoming annual shareholders meeting. She is licensed to practice law in England, Wales and the United States.Printable Version
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Highly respected for his long history of success in the credit card world and ...
Highly respected for his long history of success in the credit card world and his innovative approach to digital payments, Gary Marino brings his lifelong focus on improving the cost and convenience of alternative payment services to his dual role as PayPal senior vice president of global credit and the Americas.
Gary spent the first half of his career in the credit card industry, serving simultaneously as chief credit officer and chief marketing officer at Bank One (now JPMorgan Chase) and in key positions in Citibank’s bankcard division, including chief credit officer. In 2001, he co-founded Bill Me Later to pursue his vision of an alternative payment model that would analyze risk more accurately than existing credit cards providers, while offering lower fees for merchants and greater convenience for consumers. Gary joined PayPal in 2008 after PayPal acquired Bill Me Later in a deal worth nearly $1 billion.
As head of global financial services, Gary is working to strengthen the financial flexibility of the PayPal digital wallet through a comprehensive portfolio of credit services that includes Bill Me Later and a wide range of additional products offered with PayPal’s banking partners around the world. He leads teams that are focused on expanding the PayPal network around the globe, managing relationships with PayPal’s financial network partners, and establishing PayPal as the preferred online payment method for consumers and merchants in the U.S. and Canada. He is also responsible for PayPal’s efforts in emerging markets around the world.
A graduate of Syracuse University and Indiana State University, Gary is a board member of the Johns Hopkins Discovery Fund for research in rheumatology.Printable Version
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Widely acknowledged to be one of the payment industry’s most accomplished and ...
Widely acknowledged to be one of the payment industry’s most accomplished and experienced executives, Rupert Keeley has spent more than three decades helping businesses and consumers make the transition from cash and checks to digital payment technologies in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US.Printable Version
A graduate of the University of Manchester and the City University Business School, Rupert has undertaken executive roles in leading banking and payment organizations on four continents. The one-time Gulf head of consumer banking and CEO of Bahrain for London-based Standard Chartered PLC, he went on to play a crucial role in the development of Visa’s global business in an 11-year career with the leading card payment company that included stints as president and CEO of the Asia Pacific region, global head of strategy and corporate development, and president of Asia Pacific, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
Rupert joined PayPal in 2010 to help bring connected commerce to businesses and consumers in developed and developing economics initially in Asia, but subsequently in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Building on PayPal’s unique combination of scale and discipline with its entrepreneurial culture and customer-first focus, Rupert is leading efforts in those markets to enable retailers of all sizes to connect to consumers across the Internet and mobile channels, and face-to-face.
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As PayPal’s Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific, Rohan Mahadevan provides st...
As PayPal’s Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific, Rohan Mahadevan provides strategic direction for one of the company’s fastest-growing regions covering many of the largest commerce markets in the world, including Australia, Greater China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for increasing the company’s presence and local payment capabilities to capitalize on the explosive growth of e-commerce and m-commerce across all the markets in Asia Pacific. His deep knowledge of PayPal’s products and capabilities drives the company vision of enabling secure payments anytime, anywhere and any way for millions of APAC consumers.
Rohan has been with PayPal since 2004 in various leadership roles. Prior to his current position, he held the dual roles of Vice President of Global Cross Border Trade and Vice President of Latin America. As VP of Global Cross Border Trade, he was responsible for defining and executing PayPal’s cross-border strategy to enable 123 million PayPal users to conveniently and safely purchase from international merchants in 190 markets. As VP of Latin America, he led the strategy and localization of PayPal’s services for domestic consumers and merchants and partners in Brazil and Mexico, opened up PayPal’s first offices in these markets with Spanish and Portuguese language support, and accelerated cross-border trade across this region.
His passion to work and understand the challenges of growing businesses is not new; his career started with his own start-up where he was founder and CEO of Aftermind Inc., a software company in the aftermarket protection industry.
Before he started his own company, Rohan was a post-doctoral scientist at Cambridge University, England. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD from Harvard University in the field of astrophysics.Printable Version
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Christina Smedley brings more than 20 years’ experience developing, planning, and imple...
Christina Smedley brings more than 20 years’ experience developing, planning, and implementing programs around the world for leading brands and companies in a wide range of industries to her role as PayPal’s Global Brand and Communications Officer.
At PayPal, Christina is responsible for developing and communicating PayPal’s vision for seamless experiences that connect consumers around the globe with merchants of all sizes. She oversees teams that are defining the company’s unique narrative and she leads the company’s efforts to connect with audiences through social media channels and cutting edge experiential marketing approaches. She directs the central development team responsible for PayPal.com, paid media campaigns, creative executions, strategy, CRM, email, research and insights. Additionally she manages policy, earned and owned media execution and all internal communications to the company's 14,000 employees - from customer service centers to headquarters.
She came to PayPal in 2012 from the public relations giant Edelman, where she was global chair of consumer marketing, the firm’s largest practice. During her distinguished career at Edelman, she led award-winning campaigns for many of the world’s best known brands and companies, including Axe, Best Buy, Diageo, Dove, eBay, Pepsi, Microsoft, Samsung, Starbucks, Trojan, Unilever, and Xbox. Responsible for the development of intellectual property and offerings for Edelman’s consumer marketing practice, she earned wide recognition for her expertise in marketing to millennials and her insights into consumer behavior and consumer adoption of new technologies.
From 1999 to 2003, Christina served as director of worldwide communications at Amazon.com, where she led the company’s communications activities in all markets outside the U.S., directed retail planning for amazon.co.uk, and handled advertising, media spending, research, online activities, customer relationship management, and email marketing
Christina is actively involved in fundraising for educational projects in Jamaica, her birthplace.Printable Version
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Jonathan Auerbach brings more than a quarter century of business insights and internati...
Jonathan Auerbach brings more than a quarter century of business insights and international leadership experience to his position as Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer. In this new role, Jonathan leads PayPal’s global strategy and business development efforts aimed at driving growth by increasing consumer and merchant engagement across online, mobile and in-store channels. He also oversees the company’s M&A initiatives, identifying opportunities for PayPal to expand its reach and meet its growth objectives.
Jonathan has spent more than half of his career living and working in Asia. Prior to joining PayPal, he served as CEO of Singtel’s Group Digital Life, where he was responsible for a global portfolio of mobile video, digital advertising and analytics businesses, and managed Innov8, Singtel’s $250 million corporate venture fund.
Before Singtel, Jonathan spent 26 years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, he held a variety of executive roles in Asia and North America during his tenure with the Firm, including leading the Asian Telecommunications, Media and Technology Practice; the Singapore Office and the Southeast Asia Region; and the North American High Tech Practice.
Jonathan has also served as a member of the Economic Strategy Committee of Singapore, which is chaired by Singapore’s Minister of Finance, and the Singapore Government’s Committee on University Education Pathways Beyond 2015. He is currently on the Board of Advisors of the Lee Kong Chian Business School at the Singapore Management University, and he is Chairman of the Board of HOOQ, a video streaming service aimed at emerging markets that is backed by Singtel, Warner Brothers and Sony Pictures.
Jonathan graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College and holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, UK, where he was a Keasbey Scholar.Printable Version
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As Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Franz W. Paasche leads PayPal’s global government...
As Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Franz W. Paasche leads PayPal’s global government relations activities and guides the company’s efforts to drive positive social change for consumers and businesses around the world. In this role, Franz brings over 25 years of experience and extensive knowledge of corporate, government, legal and public affairs domains to PayPal’s expanding global network.
Before joining PayPal, Franz served as Head of External Relations for North America for McKinsey & Company, where he was responsible for external relations, public affairs, strategic communications and reputation risk, and oversaw issues management, thought leadership initiatives, and knowledge relationships across McKinsey’s Americas region. In addition, he served on the firm’s Global Communications and Publishing Executive Committee and provided counsel to McKinsey’s senior leadership and practice leaders.
Prior to McKinsey, Franz was a Senior Partner at Communications Consulting Worldwide, Fleishman Hillard’s multi-disciplinary strategic communications firm. Head of the firm’s leadership communications practice, he provided counsel on reputation management, strategic leadership communications, public affairs and crisis communications.
In addition, Franz has been a Managing Director of the New York strategic communications firm Clark & Weinstock; General Counsel and Executive Vice President at the real-time financial information and technology company Market Data Corporation; and a litigator with the international law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. He’s a former staff member for Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and has served as a lecturer on Leadership in Communications at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education.
Franz graduated from Swarthmore College with High Honors in Political Science, English Literature and American Economic History. He received his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. He is a member of the Bar in New York State and in New York City.Printable Version
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Erica Gessert brings more than 15 years of experience in operational finance and invest...
Erica Gessert brings more than 15 years of experience in operational finance and investor relations to her role as PayPal’s Vice President of Operations Planning.
Erica leads the effort to make sure the entire PayPal team has access to the systems, processes, tools and analysis necessary to make rapid, rational and fact-based decisions. She is placing a special emphasis on business analytics so that PayPal can act on insights around the entire customer experience and relationship. Her team is helping PayPal establish measurable goals and a system of accountability so that every part of the business is keeping its commitments to its consumer and merchant customers. All without sacrificing the advantage of speed which has always distinguished PayPal’s culture and value.
Erica came to PayPal in 2015 from Sprint, where she was Vice President, Finance Operations. There she oversaw subscribers, revenue, business cases and profitability analytics for 85% of the Sprint business. Prior to that role, she lead Investor Relations at Sprint, in which she created and executed a strategic communications, guidance and consensus management plan to improve stock valuation.
Before joining Sprint, Erica held a similar investor relations role at Virgin Mobile USA, which she lead through the IPO process and the company’s acquisition by Sprint in 2009. During the transition, she led Planning & Strategic Development for the prepaid group, a $5 billion business. Her early career in investor relations was spent at E*TRADE Financial.Printable Version