September 8, 2008, 12:00 AM

Former tech chief at BEA Systems joins eBay to lead platform development

Veteran technology executive Mark Carges will head up the development of eBay’s e-commerce platform as the world’s largest e-marketplace tries to improve the online customer experience and boost sales.

Veteran technology executive Mark Carges will head up the development of eBay Inc.’s e-commerce platform as the world’s largest e-marketplace tries to improve the online customer experience and boost sales. He reports to CEO John Donahoe.

Carges most recently served as executive vice president of products and general manager for the Business Interaction Division at BEA Systems Inc., a provider of Internet-enabled enterprise application infrastructure that was acquired in April by Oracle Corp. During more than a decade at BEA, Carges served in a number of senior technology leadership positions, including chief technology officer.

Carges will be responsible for accelerating eBay’s company-wide technology platform innovation and continuing to open the platform to outside developers to enable eBay sellers to offer more shopping features. “Mark’s experience and leadership will be a great asset as we create a global platform strategy to enhance our operations and accelerate our commitment to opening our platform in a way that is good for customers, developers and our community,” Donahoe says.

At its seventh annual developers’ conference in June, eBay announced initial plans to open its site for developers. For the first time, eBay invited developers to submit seller tools for inclusion directly onto eBay Selling Manager, an online tool for managing and tracking listings on eBay.

EBay’s Todd Lutwak, senior director of seller development, was one of the speakers at the Internet Retailer 2008 Conference. His audio-visual presentation at IRCE 2008 is available on CD-ROM.

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