Facebook exec joins eBay’s board of directors

30 Sep 2011

Facebook executive Katie Mitic is joining online auction giant eBay’s board of directors, effective immediately.

Mitic leads platform and mobile marketing for social networking giant Facebook, with responsibility for shaping and growing innovative products for more than 2m developers and businesses that engage with the 800m active users.

“Katie has great experience in building innovative global platforms, products and services. Her expertise will be a tremendous asset for eBay as we focus on enabling the future of commerce and changing how consumers shop and pay with our global platforms,” said John Donahoe, eBay Inc. president and CEO. “We are delighted to add such strong technology expertise and leadership to our board.”

Prior to joining Facebook, Mitic served as senior vice-president of global product marketing at Palm, where she oversaw hardware and software product management and marketing, as well as business and corporate development. She expanded the company’s product line and global footprint with the launch of new mobile devices, one of the industry’s earliest mobile app stores and developer programmes, and global distribution channels and partnerships.

She previously served as vice-president and general manager at Yahoo!, managing strategic global businesses, including Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Small Business and Yahoo! Personals. In addition to Yahoo!, Mitic was involved in a variety of start-ups and venture capital.

Mitic serves on the board of Special Olympics International and is active in the entrepreneurial community, serving as an adviser and as a director to a number of fast-growth companies and organisations. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Her appointment expands eBay’s board to 12 directors, 10 of whom are independent.