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EBay Lures Apple Exec to Run Products Division

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The tech world continued its game of musical chairs on Thursday, with eBay hiring RJ Pittman to join its Marketplaces business as chief product officer and senior vice president.

Pittman lands at eBay after working at Apple, where he was responsible for the e-commerce platform for online stores as well as design, product management and commerce innovation. Pittman’s resume also includes a stint at Google. In his new position, he will be responsible for creating the end-to-end product experiences for eBay's 124 million active users and 25 million sellers.

Pittman’s departure from Apple to eBay has a lot to do with eBay's reputation in e-commerce. Pittman told USA Today: "Apple is a fantastic organization and we did some major things in e-commerce over there in the past few years. But from an e-commerce and marketplace perspective, eBay dominates this category."

Pittman's leap to eBay comes a day after the e-commerce platform reported third-quarter earnings in line with analysts' expectations but issued fourth-quarter revenue estimates that were weaker than estimates.

The move also comes after a huge coup for Apple earlier this week with the announcement that it has hired Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to lead its retail division. Ahrendts, who is slated to join Apple in the spring of 2014, will lead the strategic direction, expansion and option of retail and online stores for the popular consumer electronics company.

Related: Why Burberry's CEO Will Make a Great Apple Executive
 

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