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PayPal hires 17-year Apple vet as new VP of global design

updated 04:50 pm EST, Mon January 31, 2011

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PayPal has hired a 17-year Apple veteran, Sarah Brody, as its new VP of global design, the company has confirmed. Some of her design work can reportedly be seen in the first-generation iPhone, as well as in an early version of the iPod nano. Other examples are said to be located on the webpages for Final Cut Studio, Logic Studio and the general "Pro" page marketing Apple products to corporations and freelancers.

Brody will be responsible for improving the user side of PayPal's service, namely by making it easier to use. The hire could be a significant coup for PayPal, as much of Apple's reputation is based on its design. The latter firm may not suffer too badly, however, as its lead designer is Jonathan Ive, with overall direction provided by CEO Steve Jobs.

A memo distributed at PayPal is said to have tipped not just Brody's new position but also a continuing search for a head of the company's global product and experience leadership team, which Brody will be a part of. Until a candidate is picked, David Hershfield and Sam Shrauger are handling the top spot together. PayPal is a subsidiary of auction site eBay.

by MacNN Staff




  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    young vets

    The first time I read this, I though the vet was 17 years old - am I the only one who thought that at first?

  1. Zkatz007

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thank goodness

    PayPal's website is the worst ever for usability. I hope she's able to make it easier to navigate!

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: young vets

    Me, too. I thought it's a "He" who is 17-years-old. Took me a few minutes to get it. This is because the photo looks like a young boy. This reminds me of real estate agents. They like to put photos of their twenties in their business card and when I met them in person, they are like just stepping out of a time machine from the far distant future.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: young vets

    I thought Man, but not 17-years old. Thought it was a 30 year old Swede (I don't know, the picture has that pouty swedish/slavic look to it).

  1. tindrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yep, thought 17 years old, too.

    And read dejectedly for Mike Matas' name. Guess he's more than 17 by now.

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    so we all agree?

    we thought HE was 17. Well, SHE is not.

  1. macjockey

    Joined: Dec 1969


    here she is

    more info here:

  1. Tom53092

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Web design is not the problem

    When I read the comments posted on about the way Paypal treats buyers and sellers, I see that nothing has changed at Paypal since being bought by eBay. Even if half the people who post on there are idiots, the other half make for a pretty compelling story, I have to conclude from these posts that anybody who chooses to work for them is either incredibly naive, a sociopath, greedy, or can't find other work.

    When using Paypal, stick to established vendors with a good track record. And whatever you do, do not link a bank account to your Paypal account, not even one that you drain to protect your funds. You just risk racking up insufficient funds charges when Paypal decides it wants your money.

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