Leadership Changes Come to Korea and Australia

By: eBay Inc. Staff

In an exciting development that demonstrates eBay’s commitment to sharing global experience and investing in our talent eBay announced impending changes to its Australia and Korea business leaders.

eBay Vice President in Australia, Deborah Sharkey will be moving to San Jose this summer to pursue her career aspiration of working in the USA. Taking the reins from July in Australia is Vice President Jooman Park who currently leads eBay Korea.  And from May Korea will be led by eBay Korea’s GMarket General Manager Brian Byun.

Deborah Sharkey has been at eBay since 2003. Since 2009, she has led the Australia team to accelerate our leading ecommerce position. 

I have spent most of my career in Australia and Asia Pacific,” said Sharkey. “I have always planned to return to the US and I am delighted that eBay is supporting this move.”

eBay President Devin Wenig said “We look forward to welcoming  Deborah into the US business and benefitting from her deep industry and global experience. We are working with Deborah to finalize her new role and hope to announce this shortly.”
Jooman Park has been eBay’s Country Manager in Korea for over eight years, guiding the company’s two Korean marketplaces businesses, Internet Auction Company (IAC) and GMarket, to leading positions.

“Moving to Australia is an amazing opportunity for me to share my experiences from Korea, one of the world’s most competitive and retail-like online markets,” said Park. “I am even more excited by the opportunity to learn more about our global operations and to run an eBay branded marketplace business.”

Prior to taking on leadership at GMarket in 2011, Brian Byun has held several product and strategy roles across a number of eBay businesses including IAC and an 18 month stint at Shopping.com based in the US.

“I am greatly honored by the confidence that Jay and Jooman have placed in me and a new generation of leaders to bring fresh perspectives that will build on our successes in Korea.”

eBay Senior Vice President and Asia Pacific General Manager Jay Lee said, “The North America team is receiving one of APAC’s star players. Deborah’s agility, results-focus and inexhaustible energy for eBay will be a great asset for the North American team.

“Jooman will build on the excellent progress that Deborah has accomplished in establishing eBay as a leading shopping destination in Australia. I cannot think of a better person to partner with businesses to define Australian online retail standards.

“Brian is a strong leader with a proven track record of success who will inject renewed energy into the Korean business. His leadership and experience will help us continue to build successful marketplaces for sellers and fantastic shopping experiences for buyers in Korea.

“These changes represent great opportunities for Deborah, Jooman and Brian to further develop their careers and apply their experience and knowledge to fresh challenges.”

Wenig added, “I know that these changes will bring many benefits to eBay. Deborah, Jooman and Brian are among our strongest talent and their experience, skills, passion and energy will have an immediate impact in their new roles.”