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eBay Enterprise Head Leaves 

Chris Saridakis, President of eBay Enterprise, a division of eBay, has resigned for personal reasons. An external search will be conducted for a successor. Until then, Tobias Hartmann, VP, Omnichannel Operations and International, will serve as interim head of eBay Enterprise. Saridakis had served as president of eBay Enterprise since mid-2011, following the company's acquisition of GSI Commerce (renamed eBay Enterprise in 2013), where he was part of that company's management team. 

Yahoo! COO Henrique De Castro Resigns; Ops Division Restructured 

After 15 months on the job, Yahoo!’s COO Henrique de Castro, 48, is leaving. De Castro was the first major hire by Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and was responsible for strategic and operational management of Yahoo!'s sales, operations, media and business development worldwide. De Castro joined Yahoo in October 2012. Prior to that, he was Google's VP of Worldwide Partner Business Solutions. Before joining Google, De Castro managed Dell's Western European sales and business development activities, and before that was a consultant at McKinsey.

The leadership of the operating organization is being restructured, with the geographic heads and SVP, Operations reporting to the CEO directly.

CMO Kathy Savitt will also lead media and editorial functions, and the functions that align with product initiatives in the Homepages & Verticals group will report there. 

LinkedIn Names China President

LinkedIn named Derek Shen, former CEO of Nuomi, as president of its newly created China group. Shen, who is a VP at LinkedIn and also worked as Founder & CEO at Nuomi, VP at Renren, Head of Business Development, China at Google, Engineering Manager at Google, Technical Lead at Yahoo, Senior Software Engineer at, and Senior Software Engineer at Vizional Technologies.

Groupon Adds Int'l Ops SVP, Smart Deals Engineering VP

Groupon named two new executives: Tamer Tamar to SVP of International Operations and Sri Subramaniam to VP of Engineering for Smart Deals.

Tamar joins Groupon from Orbitz where he was SVP International responsible for EMEA and APAC Regions for ebookers and HotelClub. Prior to that, Tamar held senior positions at Expedia in Europe. Tamar will be based in London.

Subramaniam joins from WalmartLabs where he was responsible for search, marketplace and item infrastructure. Prior to that Subramaniam was VP of Engineering at Kosmix, a semantic tech startup acquired by Walmart. He also previously led search at eBay. Subramaniam will be based in Palo Alto.

Orbitz SVP Joins Groupon

Tamer Tamar, SVP, International and President, ebookers, resigned from Orbitz Worldwide, to accept a senior executive position outside the travel industry with Groupon. Following Tamer’s departure, Guillaume Cussac, Group VP and Managing Director, ebookers, will take on leadership of the broader ebookers team.

Date Range: December 17th 2013 - January 24th 2014

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