Jeff Housenbold, former vice president of business development and Internet marketing for eBay Inc., has been named president and CEO of online photo service Shutterfly Inc. Housenbold replaces David Bagshaw, who left to pursue other interests, Shutterfly says.
Shutterfly chairman Jim Clark, who is also the founder of Netscape Communications and Silicon Graphics, said Housenbold’s experience in building business-to-consumer online retail businesses would take Shutterfly to its next level of growth. The company has more than 1 million customers and has experienced 240% growth in revenue over the past two years, a spokesman says.
“Jeff’s experience managing rapid growth companies, his marketing expertise, strategic vision and passion for our business make him the ideal choice to extend Shutterfly’s success,” Clark said.
Shutterfly.com provides three basic services: printing of digital photos that customers load to the web; developing and printing photos from conventional photographic film sent to Shutterfly in postage-paid mailers; and online sharing of digital photos with friends. Images can be printed as basic photographs or inserted into calendars, greeting cards and other items.
At eBay, Housenbold managed customer acquisition and retention for the past three years, a period during which eBay grew from 42 million to 135 million registered users and annual gross merchandise sales nearly quadrupled to $34.2 billion from $9 billion.
In earlier positions at eBay, Housenbold served as vice president and general manager of its b2c consumer group and vice president of mergers and acquisitions. Prior to eBay, he held senior management positions at AltaVista, the Raging Bull finance portal, and WinStar Communications Inc.