updated 04:50 pm EST, Mon January 31, 2011
Connected to iPhone, Nano, pro software
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.