by Patricia Sellers
For a lot of people, their job is their life and their life is their job.
John and Eileen Donahoe decided early on that they didn't want to live that way. One night when he was 23 and already an up-and-comer at consulting giant Bain in Boston, he wrote this message to his fiancé on a Shawmut Bank slip over dinner: "I will not live the life of a management consultant."
Fast forward 27 years. Donahue, now 50, is the CEO of eBay (EBAY). Since jojning eBay from Bain in 2005 and taking over as CEO from Meg Whitman in 2008, he's been leading a turnaround and doing a pretty good job at it.
The hardest part of the turnaround seems to be complete -- Donahoe has replaced a lot of management and revived eBay's earnings growth and its stock price. So now, he says, he is aiming to make eBay a model company for developing women executives who, well, want a life besides their jobs.
On Monday night in San Francisco, at eBay's first-ever conference for its top women executives, he told 200 of them from 15 countries that he wants eBay "to be better than Amazon (AMZN), better than Google (GOOG), better than Visa (V)." A powerful lineup of women at the top of eBay, he said, "should be a source of competitive advantage." More
by Patricia Sellers and Jessica Shambora
We took a break from posting our daily Power Point--Postcards' quote of the day--last week, but we collected more than a few good ones at Fortune Brainstorm Tech in Pasadena. Here are our 10 favorites, from the mouths of media moguls, tech titans, Tweeters and more.
"It's not really my thing. I don't go to the dentist. I don't do things that cause me to emote." MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Jul 28, 2009 12:09 PM ET
Tonight, all eyes are on Obama and McCain, in their final Presidential debate. If McCain continues to lose in the polls, it's all the more likely that one of his key advisors -- and one of Fortune's former No. 1 Most Powerful Women -- will set her sights on another race: for California Governor. Former eBay (EBAY) CEO Meg Whitman, who is co-chair of the McCain Presidential campaign, hasn't decided MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 15, 2008 1:24 PM ET
As you may know, I was roaming Silicon Valley last week, and on Friday, I landed at eBay (EBAY) -- the "Whitman Campus," as the headquarters is now called. Seeing that tribute to Meg Whitman made me smile as I drove in. She built the company practically from scratch to $7.7 billion in revenues in only 10 years. Whitman retired as CEO in March. But on Friday, there she was back MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 26, 2008 1:10 PM ET
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