SAN JOSE, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) has appointed John Maeda, a leading graphic designer, computer scientist, artist, educator and former President of the Rhode Island School of Design, as the Chair of the newly-created eBay Inc. Design Advisory Board.
In this capacity, Maeda will work with product development and design teams across eBay Inc.’s PayPal, eBay Marketplaces and eBay Enterprise business units. He will help evolve the company’s overall design thinking to create products and experiences that drive deep consumer engagement and loyalty. Maeda will report to eBay Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe.
In a separate announcement today, Maeda said he is leaving his post as President of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to become a Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in January 2014 in addition to his role at eBay Inc.
“In today’s technology-driven commerce environment, design thinking is critically important at the intersection of business and technology to create seamless experiences consumers love,” said eBay Inc. CEO John Donahoe. “John Maeda is a recognized leader and innovative thinker in this space, who firmly believes in the power of art and design to help transform the 21st century economy. John will be instrumental in helping us evolve our design thinking capabilities to deliver differentiated commerce products and experiences.”
On joining eBay Inc., Maeda said: “I am passionate about revealing art and design’s role in innovation, and eBay Inc. is an exciting opportunity to drive design innovation in the commerce revolution.”
Maeda has served as President of RISD since 2008. While there, Maeda led the movement to transform STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to STEAM by adding Art. Maeda previously served as associate director of research at the MIT Media Lab and is currently on the boards of Sonos, Quirky, and Wieden+Kennedy, and on the Davos World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership. Maeda received the AIGA Medal in 2010 and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
About eBay Inc.
eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce and payments leader, providing a robust platform where merchants of all sizes can compete and win. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. connects millions of buyers and sellers and enabled $175 billion of commerce volume in 2012. We do so through eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, which allows users to buy and sell in nearly every country on earth; through PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive digital payments; and through eBay Enterprise, which enables omnichannel commerce, multichannel retailing and digital marketing for global enterprises in the U.S. and internationally. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.