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NBCUniversal’s Bonnie Hammer Joins eBay Board

Bonnie Hammer, who runs NBCUniversal’s cable entertainment operations, has joined eBay’s board of directors, according to Variety.

Hammer fills the seat vacated in October by Marc Andreessen, after the online auctions giant announced it will spin off its PayPal subsidiary as a separate company this year. Hammer is one of 10 independent directors on the 12-member board chaired by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

Hammer, who heads NBCUniversal’s largest profit center, is responsible for 10 cable channels and their online offshoots as well as two cable-programming production companies. She’s among the highest-ranking women in the entertainment industry.

In September, Hammer also joined the board of Barry Diller’s IAC.

For eBay, filling out the board is important because of the impending split with PayPal. Though the split has been penciled in for sometime in 2015, a date hasn’t yet been announced and eBay has said it won’t decide which current directors will sit on which company’s board until closer to the time of the split. Departing eBay CEO John Donohoe has already said he will join the PayPal board.

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