EBay taps mobile payments innovator David Marcus for PayPal president

EBay's choice reflects its aggressive push to dominate the mobile payments market

EBay has tapped David Marcus to replace Scott Thompson as president of PayPal effective April 2, the company announced Thursday.

Thompson left the company to become CEO of Yahoo in January. Marcus joined PayPal in August 2011, when the company acquired Zong, the mobile payments provider Marcus founded. Marcus most recently served as PayPal's vice president of mobile.

Marcus' promotion underscores PayPal's current focus on expanding its mobile payments offerings. Earlier this month, Marcus announced the company's launch of PayPal Here, an app that supports traditional PayPal payments and features a credit card reader that plugs into a smartphone to allow small businesses to accept credit and debit cards. With its own apps and others that support its payment system, PayPal expects to process US$7 billion in mobile payments this year.

Marcus "is in the growth end of PayPal, and PayPal has been eBay's best property," said Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates. As an internal promotion, Marcus "is tuned up to the fastest-growing segment of the business," Kay said.

Cameron Scott covers search, web services and privacy for The IDG News Service. Follow Cameron on Twitter at CScott_IDG.

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