John Donahoe

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John Donahoe
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John Donahoe
Born John Joseph Donahoe II
(1960-04-30) April 30, 1960 (age 57)
Evanston, Illinois, United States
Residence Portola Valley, California, US
Alma mater Dartmouth College, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Occupation Chairman, PayPal
Salary $13,833,374 (total compensation, fiscal year 2013)[1]
Spouse(s) Eileen Donahoe
Children Three sons and one daughter

John Joseph Donahoe II (born April 30, 1960)[2] is an American businessman who served as president and CEO of eBay from March 31, 2008 to July 2015.[3] Early in his career he worked for Bain & Company, becoming the firm's president and CEO in 1999.[4] He is currently a member of the President's Export Council,[5] and serves on the Boards of Directors of both eBay Inc. and Intel Corp.[6] He also serves as chairman of PayPal. Donahoe was named president and CEO of ServiceNow, a cloud company, in February of 2017.[7][8]

Early life and education[edit]

John Donahoe was born in Evanston, Illinois on April 30, 1960.[9] His father was an accountant at Price Waterhouse in Chicago.[10] He graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.[10] He received a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth and an MBA from Stanford Business School.[1] Donahoe is of Irish descent.[11]


After his senior year of high school, a friend’s dad asked him to work at his Schlitz beer distribution company. “You’ll make good money,” he said. It was a union job and the first requirement was that he join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.[12]

Before joining eBay he worked for Bain & Company (a worldwide consulting firm based in Boston) for 20 years, starting as an associate consultant and becoming the firm's president and CEO in 1999.[4]

In March 2005 he was hired as president of eBay Marketplaces. His role was to focus on eBay's core business, which accounts for a large percentage of the company's revenues.[3] He made more than forty acquisitions, including and StubHub,[13] and the classifieds sites Gumtree and LoQUo, and most recently, Shutl.[14][15] After his departure from eBay in 2015, Donahoe was replaced by eBay Marketplaces President, Devin Wenig.[16]

He is a member of the President's Export Council,[5] and he serves on the Boards of Directors of both eBay Inc. and Intel Corp.[6]

In February 2017, he was announced as the president and CEO of ServiceNow, an IT organization software company. He became familiar with ServiceNow while working at eBay.[7]

He served on the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College from 2003 to 2012.[17]


Donahoe has contributed to both parties, both to Republican candidate Congressman David Dreier of California as well as two Democrat candidates: Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Barbara Boxer[18] of California.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Eileen Donahoe (née Chamberlain), the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.[19] They have four children, three sons and a daughter, and live in Portola Valley, California.[20][21]


  1. ^ a b "John J. Donahoe II". Businessweek. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b "John Donahoe". Forbes. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b [2]
  5. ^ a b "President's Export Council Members". Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  6. ^ a b [3]
  7. ^ a b Balakrishnan, Anita (2017-02-27). "Former eBay boss John Donahoe named CEO of cloud company ServiceNow". CNBC. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  8. ^ "Former eBay CEO John Donahue Has A New Job". Fortune. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  9. ^ "John Donahoe". Irish America. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Tech drives eBay growth". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "A fifth-generation Irish-American, John is very interested in his Irish ancestry.". Irish America. 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  12. ^ [4]
  13. ^ Stone, Brad (2007-02-21). "Stirring Up the Cubicles at eBay". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  14. ^ "John Donahoe | Irish America". Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  15. ^ Eldon, Eric; Tsotsis, Alexia. "John Donahoe, eBay President And CEO, To Take The Disrupt NY Stage". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  16. ^ Mac, Ryan. "EBay Reveals $23 Million Golden Parachute For CEO John Donahoe In PayPal Split". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  17. ^ "Trustees Emeriti". Dartmouth College. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  18. ^ NEWSMEAT ▷ John Donahoe's Federal Campaign Contribution Report Archived 2012-09-22 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  19. ^ "Dartmouth News' announcement of Dr. Donahoe's appointment of U.S. Ambassador to UNHR", The Dartmouth, 13 November 2009.
  20. ^ Donahoe, Eileen and John (15 July 2013). "‘We Leaned Into Our Marriage’". Lean In. 
  21. ^ Sellers, Patricia (26 January 2011). "EBay CEO Donahoe bares his own work-life struggles". CNN Money. 

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Business positions
Preceded by
Meg Whitman
President and CEO of eBay
March 31, 2008 – July 19, 2015
Succeeded by
Devin Wenig
New creation Chairman of PayPal