PayPal Holdings Announces Key Appointments to Enhance Firm’s Consumer Value Proposition

PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) announced new leadership appointments that will drive the creation of a new advertising platform and strengthen the company’s consumer value proposition.

Mark Grether will reportedly join “on May 28 as SVP, General Manager, PayPal Ads, and John Anderson has joined as SVP, General Manager, Consumer Group.”

Grether and Anderson will report “to Diego Scotti, EVP, General Manager, Consumer Group and Global Marketing & Communications.”

PayPal says that its “long-standing” relationships “with millions of consumers and merchants make the company uniquely positioned to create an advertising platform that is rooted in commerce.”

Grether will join the company to “build an advertising business that will help make merchants smarter to sell more products and services effectively, as well as enable consumers to discover more of what they love.”

The advertising business, which will “include PayPal advanced offers platform, will use customer insights to build a dynamic, truly personalized platform that will drive better advertising spend performance for merchants while delighting consumers with compelling offers.”

Grether has been a leader in “the advertising industry for more than 20 years.”

He joins PayPal from Uber, where he “was the Vice President, General Manager of Uber Advertising. Under his leadership, Uber Advertising grew to a $1 billion business with more than 500,000 advertisers globally.”

He successfully led the acceleration of “the company’s global advertising business, helping merchants, brands, and other advertisers reach Uber’s highly engaged user base across its Mobility and Delivery divisions.”

Prior to Uber, Grether led “the product strategy for Amazon’s advertising business, and he served as CEO of Sizmek, one of the largest independent advertising platforms globally, which was sold to Amazon in 2019. Prior to Sizmek, Mark was the co-founder and global COO of WPP’s Xaxis, which became a leading programmatic media company.”

Scotti said:

“Commerce and advertising are deeply connected, and we believe that the advertising platform we are building at PayPal will become a must-use marketing channel for merchants big and small. I’m thrilled to have Mark join our team and lead this important work.” 

Consumer Business

Anderson has spent over 20 years at “the intersection of technology platforms and payments. He will be accountable for PayPal’s consumer business, including product strategy for PayPal and Venmo globally.”

Anderson joins PayPal from Plaid, “where he was Head of Product and Payments and oversaw significant growth of Plaid’s payment product suite. Prior to Plaid, John spent a decade at Meta in numerous product and leadership roles, including Head of Product for Oculus, Head of Facebook Japan, and Head of product and operations teams for Payments, Commerce, and Risk. Prior to joining Meta, John founded GroupCard, a social greeting and payments platform that was acquired by InComm.”

Scotti added:

“John brings strong experience in developing groundbreaking, personalized consumer experiences to PayPal, which will drive relevance of our brands, fuel our innovation pipeline, and give more reasons for consumers and merchants to choose PayPal.” 



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