eBay Inc. CEO Joins Top Internet Influencers at e-G8

eBay Inc. Staff

The first of its kind, the e-G8 Forum in Paris brought together key leaders and influencers to discuss the current and potential economic impact of the Internet.

On May 24, eBay Inc. CEO John Donahoe participated in a high-profile panel discussion at the e-G8 Forum in Paris, along with other major Internet leaders such as Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Eric Schmidt of Google, and Jeffrey Bezos of Amazon. The first-of-its-kind event preceded the meeting of the G8, comprised of the heads of state and government of the Group of Eight – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S. Topics included Internet freedom and the digital ecosystem.

As a part of the Internet & Economic Growth Panel, Donahoe had the opportunity to talk about the role eBay and the Internet as a whole play in creating economic opportunity for millions of people globally. The panel conversation revolved around the Internet’s impact on the economy and society via economic growth, job creation, and value creation. Watch the entire panel here and get media highlights below.

“The two themes eBay really stands for are economic opportunity creation and a global economy,” Donahoe said. “eBay has 17,000 employees, which by global standards is not that large of a company, but every month over 100 million people use eBay or PayPal’s product and perhaps most importantly 25 million people actively sell something on eBay each month.”


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