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PayPal Names Sri Shivananda Chief Technology Officer
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Global technology platform and payments leader PayPal Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:PYPL) today announced the appointment of Sri Shivananda as the company’s new Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, effective April 1, 2016.
Shivananda’s appointment follows the decision by current CTO, James Barrese, to step down to take
time off. James will remain with PayPal for a period of time to support a smooth transition period.
With James’ departure, PayPal will realign responsibilities within the company. As CTO, Sri will oversee
the company’s platform and infrastructure with a focus on availability, scalability, performance and
information security. The company’s Payments and Identity teams will move under the Product and
Engineering organization, enabling a stronger end-to-end view of PayPal’s customer experience as the
company launches new capabilities.
“I am very pleased to welcome Sri to our leadership team as our next CTO,” said Dan Schulman,
President and CEO of PayPal. “Sri has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and has been
responsible for effectively running our critically important online payments systems around the world. He
has the right skill set to allow us to remain at the forefront of innovation in the payments industry.”
“I am excited to take on this role and look forward to partnering with Dan and the leadership team to
continue growing and improving our technology platform,” Shivananda said. “Our technology enables us
to be a Customer Champion as the partner of choice to merchants and by empowering consumers
globally – and I am committed to bringing our vision fully to life.”
During his nearly 15-year tenure at the company, Shivananda led eBay’s Global Platform and
Infrastructure (GPI) team that powered both the eBay Inc. and PayPal businesses. After successfully
guiding his team through separation, Sri joined PayPal as VP of GPI reporting to Barrese. In this role, Sri
was responsible for all core technologies covering PayPal’s data centers, internal private cloud, online
and offline data infrastructure, internal developer frameworks and tools, and various platform services.
Schulman added, “James has made invaluable contributions to our organization including overseeing a
transformation of PayPal’s technology platform, which strengthened our competitive advantages and
helped pave the path for PayPal’s growth and success. As a result of his leadership, we have significantly
improved our security and performance – all foundational to being a true global Customer Champion. We
are grateful to James for the team he has built and his long-standing commitment to PayPal. We wish
James all the best with his well-deserved time off.”
“It has been an honor to work with the incredible talent across PayPal, and I am happy to see Sri take on
greater responsibilities that are perfectly aligned with his strengths as a leader,” Barrese said. “We have
an extremely deep bench of expertise on our technology team, and I’m confident Sri is well prepared and
positioned to ensure PayPal’s technology platform remains at the leading edge as PayPal continues to
define the future of digital payments.”
About PayPal
At PayPal (Nasdaq:PYPL), we put people at the center of everything we do. Founded in 1998, we
continue to be at the forefront of the digital payments revolution. In 2015, 28% of the 4.9 billion payments
we processed were made on a mobile device. PayPal gives people better ways to connect to their money
and to each other, helping them safely access and move their money and offering a choice of how they
would like to pay or be paid. With our 179 million active customer accounts, we have created an open and
secure payments ecosystem that people and businesses choose to securely transact with each other
online, in stores and on mobile devices. PayPal is a truly global payments platform that is available to
people in more than 200 markets, allowing customers to get paid in more than 100 currencies, withdraw
funds to their bank accounts in 57 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 26
currencies. For more information on PayPal, visit For PYPL financial
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