PayPal Hires VP of Global Design From Apple

PayPal has hired Sarah Brody, a seven-year veteran of Apple, for the position of VP of Global design.

The company confirmed the appointment to us after we got wind of an internal memo sent out to employees today.

In her new position at eBay-owned PayPal, Brody will focus on improving the PayPal user experience and making sure that its payment platform is easy to use.

Brody was previously at Apple, where she worked on the first iPhone and an early version of the iPod Nano. Some of her more recent design work can be seen on the homepages of Final Cut Studio, Logic Studio and Pro.

Picking up a design guru from Apple, which is known for its simple, yet exquisite, designs (and preference for as few buttons as possible), is a coup for PayPal.

However, just last week the company announced it had lost Osama Bedier, who took a job at Google after working for PayPal for eight years, and most recently oversaw the company’s global payments platform, including mobile.

Correction: In a previous version of the story, we wrote that the memo also said PayPal was still on the hunt for a new leader for its global product and experience leadership team. However, Sam Shrauger was promoted internally into the position.

UPDATE 2: We also learned today that PayPal’s parent company, eBay, has hired two new search experts from Facebook and Microsoft.


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