eBay Inc.’s First Corporate Affairs Attorney to Lead oDesk Legal Function
Key Addition to oDesk Executive Team to Help Scale the Company’s Global Footprint
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 9, 2013 – oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace, announced today that Brian Levey has joined the company as General Counsel, effective immediately. Levey will be responsible for providing strategic counsel by leveraging his proven expertise of establishing and scaling legal infrastructures for market leaders in disruptive industries. Previously heading up the Corporate and Legal Operations team of over 30 professionals at eBay Inc., Levey will lead oDesk’s legal affairs function and help scale the Company’s global footprint. He will report to Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk.
“We are thrilled to welcome Brian to the oDesk team,” said oDesk CEO Gary Swart. “His breadth of legal knowledge coupled with his business experience working with both established and startup companies, especially market leading online platforms, make him a great match for our dynamic business and will help guide us as we change the way the world is working.”
“I’m very excited to be joining the innovative, agile, and fast-growing team at oDesk,” said Levey. “oDesk’s enviable market position, scalable business model, exceptional leadership team and customer-centric culture present a compelling opportunity for me. I’m grateful to become a part of such an innovative company — one that is enabling online work globally for millions — and can’t wait to partner with the management team, employees and Board to help drive the Company’s long-term success.”
Levey brings to oDesk more than 20 years of corporate law experience, including leadership roles at eBay Inc. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. For the past seven years, Levey served as the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate and Assistant Secretary at eBay Inc. and prior to that, as Associate General Counsel, Corporate. During his more than 13 years at eBay Inc., he provided legal oversight and managed execution for more than 80 strategic acquisitions and investment transactions, including PayPal, BillMeLater, Gmarket, GSI Commerce, Skype and StubHub. In addition, Levey worked with eBay Inc.’s board of directors, was one of the company’s senior-most business ethics officers, was a member of the senior-most management team of the eBay Inc. legal department, and led departmental processes that resulted in significant cost savings. His breadth and depth of knowledge spans a wide range of business issues including strategic transactions, corporate governance, privacy, risk management, employment, and competition law, among others.
Levey holds a law degree from Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics, with honors and distinction, from Stanford University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School and the Board of Directors of Stanford Athletics’ Buck/Cardinal Club.
oDesk (www.oDesk.com) is the world’s largest online workplace, enabling businesses and freelancers to work together on demand via the Internet.
By using technology to remove the barriers of traditional hiring, oDesk’s platform aligns businesses’ talent needs with freelancers’ desire to work when and where they want, on projects of their choosing. More than 35M hours were worked on oDesk in 2012.
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Shoshana Deutschkron, Director of Communications