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PayPal CEO David Marcus joins Facebook as head of mobile messaging

  1. PayPal CEO David Marcus is leaving the payments company to join Facebook, where he'll lead the social network's efforts in mobile messaging. eBay, the company that owns PayPal, said Marcus would leave the firm on June 27.

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    So the head of a payments company joins facebook as head of mobile messaging... is it me or does a payments company have nothing to do with mobile messaging?

    Its like hiring the CEO of a chocolate factory to be the new head of Paypal
     
  3. MSI Sakib

    MSI Sakib TS Rookie

    He will definitely improve the money transferring sector of facebook. Facebook is getting so bigger day by day that in future it will cover almost everything.
     
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,555   +2,361

    An effective manager is an effective manager. The only difference between being CEO of a chocolate factory and Paypal are the industry conditions and relationships you need to be aware of (among a half dozen other things). If he wasn't up to speed on those details of the business, they never would have hired him.
     
  5. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    Everything is completely different... Its like how would a manager of paypal know anything about how a mobile messaging client is meant to work??? Its not a simple "This guy needs to do something with the UI and the other needs to think of an effective way to deliver messages" You have to know your industry and how things work!!!

    A football manager cant be a football manager without knowing the ins&outs of football..... well you could be clueless about football and be a football manager but you would go down in the hall of fame as the worst managers in the universe.
     
  6. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,555   +2,361

    I stated in my post that a manager needs to know his industry (this includes the product/service) and that the core skills necessary to perform effectively in a managerial role are independent of this specialized knowledge. Furthermore, the article specifically alludes to his own qualifications as a programmer in addition to his extensive experience in the mobile environment.

    Adapting your analogy, he isn't a manager from another sport who's been hired to manage a football team. He's a football manager who's been hired to manage a different football team. If he did not have relevant experience and expertise, Facebook never would have hired him.
     

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