December 12, 2011, 3:22 PM

Online fashion retailer Trunk Club hires a former eBay executive as chief operating officer

Rob Chesney also worked for e-commerce investment firm Greylock Partners.

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Trunk Club, an online retailer that sends monthly shipments of high-end casual clothes to men, said today that it has hired Rob Chesney as chief operating officer.

Chesney comes to the Chicago-based firm from Greylock Partners, a venture capital firm that has helped to fund flash-sale retailer One Kings Lane and other e-commerce operators and service providers, including Shopkick.  Chesney had worked at Greylock since September 2010 as executive in residence, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Prior to Greylock, Chesney was eBay Inc.’s vice president of buyer experience and verticals, a job he started in 2009 and which involved not only leading the online marketplace’s vertical business team, but also its Canadian operations. He was hired by eBay in 2001, and he also worked in the eBay Motors unit, including as vice president.

"Rob's track record of leading new business models through periods of hyper growth combined with experience building world class teams make him a highly sought after executive in the e-commerce space," says Brian Spaly, CEO of Trunk Club.

Trunk Club operates along the lines of a monthly membership program. Consumers, via e-mail, Skype or phone, communicate their fashion preferences to stylists, and then receive monthly shipments, or trunks, of clothing they might like. Consumers don’t have to buy any shipment. Trunk Club’s revenue this year will reach $5.5 million, the company says.  

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