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Ms. Meg WhitmanMs. Meg Whitman
President & CEO, eBay, Inc.
Joining eBay in March 1998, Meg Whitman became eBay's president and CEO. Meg has led eBay to becoming the world's leading online person-to-person trading community and the number one consumer e-commerce site. Meg's expertise in brand building combined with her consumer technology experience has helped guide eBay in the new e-conomy and has helped foster a truly global marketplace.

Prior to her current position, Meg was the general manager of Hasbro Inc.'s Preschool Division. In this position, Meg was responsible for global management and marketing of two of the world's best-known children's brands, Playskool and Mr. Potato Head. During her tenure, Meg oversaw the reorganization of the Preschool Division and its resulting return to profitability. From 1995 to 1997, Meg was president and CEO of Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD), the world's largest floral products company. While at FTD, Meg oversaw the transition from a florist-owned association to a for-profit, privately owned company. In addition, she led the launch of FTD's Internet strategy, with a Web site ( that includes individual florists' shops under the FTD banner.

Before FTD, Meg served as president of the Stride Rite Corporation's Stride Rite Division where she was responsible for the launch of the highly successful Munchkin baby shoe line and the repositioning of the Stride Rite brand and retail stores. She has also held the positions of executive vice president for the Keds Division and corporate vice president of strategic planning. Meg spent 1989 to 1992 at the Walt Disney Company, highlighted by her work as the senior vice president of marketing for the Disney Consumer Products Division.

During this time, she managed key aspects of Disney's major businesses, set up vertically integrated Disney publishing operations, developed the strategy for Disney's entry into the book publishing business, and led the acquisition of Discover Magazine. She also worked for eight years at Bain & Company's San Francisco office where she was vice president. Meg began her career at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, where she worked in brand management from 1979 to 1981.

Meg joined the eBay team as president and CEO in March of 1998. She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School with a master's of business administration and of Princeton University with a bachelor of arts in economics.

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