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UNITED STATES

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eBay Inc.

2145 Hamilton Avenue

San Jose, California 95125

 

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

To Be Held On April 26, 2012

To the Stockholders of eBay Inc.:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of eBay Inc., a Delaware corporation, will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. Pacific time at Town Square, 2161 North First Street, San Jose, California 95131 for the following purposes:

1. To vote on the election of Marc L. Andreessen, William C. Ford, Jr., Dawn G. Lepore, Kathleen C. Mitic, and Pierre M. Omidyar as directors, to hold office until our 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

2. To approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers.

3. To approve the amendment and restatement of our 2008 Equity Incentive Award Plan, including an amendment to increase the aggregate number of shares authorized for issuance under the plan by 16.5 million shares.

4. To approve our Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

5. To adopt and approve an amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to declassify our Board of Directors and provide for the annual election of directors.

6. To adopt and approve an amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to provide stockholders with the right to call a special meeting of stockholders.

7. To ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent auditors for our fiscal year ending December 31, 2012.

8. To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or postponement of the meeting.

These business items are described more fully in the Proxy Statement accompanying this Notice.

The Board of Directors has fixed the close of business on March 8, 2012 as the record date for identifying those stockholders entitled to notice of and to vote at this Annual Meeting and at any adjournment or postponement of this meeting.

By Order of the Board of Directors

 

LOGO

Michael R. Jacobson

Secretary

San Jose, California

March 19, 2012

All stockholders are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting in person. Whether or not you expect to attend the Annual Meeting, you are urged to submit your proxy or voting instructions as soon as possible so that your shares can be voted at the Annual Meeting in accordance with your instructions. Internet and telephone voting are available. For specific instructions on voting, please refer to the instructions on the proxy card or voting instruction form.


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2012 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

PROXY STATEMENT

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE PROXY MATERIALS AND OUR 2012 ANNUAL MEETING

     1   

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

     7   

Our Corporate Governance Practices

     7   

Board Committees and Meetings

     11   

Audit Committee

     11   

Compensation Committee

     12   

Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

     12   

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

     13   

Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

     15   

CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS WITH DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

     15   

PROPOSALS REQUIRING YOUR VOTE

     16   

PROPOSAL 1 — Election of Directors

     16   

PROPOSAL 2 —  Approval, on an Advisory Basis, of Compensation of our Named Executive Officers

     23   

PROPOSAL 3 —  Approval of the Amendment and Restatement of Our 2008 Equity Incentive Award Plan

     24   

PROPOSAL 4 — Approval of Our Employee Stock Purchase Plan

     33   

PROPOSAL 5 —  Adoption and Approval of an Amendment to Our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to Declassify Our Board of Directors and Provide for the Annual Election of Directors

     38   

PROPOSAL 6 —  Adoption and Approval of an Amendment to Our Amended and Restated Certificate to Provide Stockholders with the Right to Call a Special Meeting of Stockholders

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PROPOSAL 7 — Ratification of Appointment of Independent Auditors

     42   

Audit and Other Professional Fees

     42   

Audit Committee Pre-Approval Policy

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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

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OUR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

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COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

     46   

Executive Summary

     46   

Objectives of Compensation Programs

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Role of the Compensation Committee

     51   

Role of Executive Officers and Consultants in Compensation Decisions

     51   

Competitive Considerations

     52   

Elements of Compensation/Executive Compensation Practices

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Equity Compensation Grant Practices

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Employment Agreements, Change-in-Control Arrangements, and Severance Arrangements with Executive Officers

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Stock Ownership Guidelines

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Impact of Accounting and Tax Requirements on Compensation

     67   

Conclusion

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COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

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COMPENSATION TABLES

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Summary Compensation Table

     68   

Grants of Plan-Based Awards

     72   

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End

     75   

Option Exercises and Stock Vested

     78   

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

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Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change of Control

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COMPENSATION OF DIRECTORS

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Director Summary Compensation Table

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EQUITY COMPENSATION PLAN INFORMATION

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APPENDIX A: 2008 Equity Incentive Award Plan, as amended and restated .

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APPENDIX B: Employee Stock Purchase Plan .

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APPENDIX C: Proposed Amendment to Our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws to Declassify Our Board of Directors and Provide for the Annual Elections of Directors .

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APPENDIX D: Proposed Amendments to Our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws to Provide Stockholders with the Right to Call a Special Meeting of Stockholders

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eBay Inc.

2145 Hamilton Avenue

San Jose, California 95125

 

 

PROXY STATEMENT

 

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE PROXY MATERIALS AND

OUR 2012 ANNUAL MEETING

 

Q: Why am I receiving these materials?

 

A: eBay’s Board of Directors, or the Board, is providing these proxy materials to you in connection with the Board’s solicitation of proxies for use at eBay’s 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, or the Annual Meeting, which will take place on April 26, 2012. Stockholders are invited to attend the Annual Meeting and are requested to vote on the proposals described in this proxy statement. This proxy statement and the accompanying proxy card are being mailed on or about March 23, 2012 in connection with the solicitation of proxies on behalf of the Board.

 

Q: What information is contained in these materials?

 

A: The information included in this proxy statement relates to the proposals to be voted on at the Annual Meeting, the voting process, the compensation of our most highly paid executive officers and our directors, and certain other required information. eBay’s 2011 Annual Report, which includes eBay’s audited consolidated financial statements, is also enclosed with this proxy statement.

 

Q: What proposals will be voted on at the Annual Meeting?

 

A: There are seven proposals scheduled to be voted on at the Annual Meeting:

 

   

the election as directors of the five nominees named in this proxy statement to serve for a three-year term (Proposal 1);

 

   

the approval, on an advisory basis, of compensation of our named executive officers (Proposal 2);

 

   

the approval of the amendment and restatement of our 2008 Equity Incentive Award Plan, including an amendment to increase the aggregate number of shares authorized for issuance under the plan by 16.5 million shares (Proposal 3);

 

   

the approval of our Employee Stock Purchase Plan (Proposal 4);

 

   

the adoption and approval of an amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to declassify our Board and provide for the annual election of directors (Proposal 5);

 

   

the adoption and approval of an amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to provide stockholders with the right to call a special meeting of stockholders (Proposal 6); and

 

   

the ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent auditors for our fiscal year ending December 31, 2012 (Proposal 7).

At the time this proxy statement was mailed, our management and the Board were not aware of any other matters to be presented at the Annual Meeting other than those set forth in this proxy statement and in the notice accompanying this proxy statement, nor have we received notice of any matter by the deadline prescribed by SEC Rule 14a-4(c).

 

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Q: What are eBay’s Board’s voting recommendations?

 

A: eBay’s Board recommends that you vote your shares as follows:

“FOR” each of the five nominees to the Board named in this proxy statement (Proposal 1);

“FOR” the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers (Proposal 2);

“FOR” the approval of the amendment and restatement of our 2008 Equity Incentive Award Plan (Proposal 3);

“FOR” the approval of our Employee Stock Purchase Plan (Proposal 4);

“FOR” the approval of an amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to declassify our Board and provide for the annual election of directors (Proposal 5);

“FOR” the approval of an amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to provide stockholders with the right to call a special meeting of stockholders (Proposal 6); and

“FOR” the ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent auditors for our fiscal year ending December 31, 2012 (Proposal 7).

 

Q: How many shares are entitled to vote?

 

A: Each share of eBay’s common stock outstanding as of the close of business on March 8, 2012, the record date, is entitled to one vote at the Annual Meeting. At the close of business on March 8, 2012, 1,290,103,429 shares of common stock were outstanding and entitled to vote. You may vote all of the shares owned by you as of the close of business on the record date of March 8, 2012, and you are entitled to cast one vote per share of common stock held by you on the record date. These shares include shares that are (1) held of record directly in your name, including shares purchased through eBay’s equity incentive plans, and (2) held for you as the beneficial owner through a stockbroker, bank, or other nominee.

 

Q: What is the difference between holding shares as a stockholder of record and as a beneficial owner?

 

A: Most stockholders of eBay hold their shares beneficially through a broker, bank, or other nominee rather than directly in their own name. There are some distinctions between shares held of record and shares owned beneficially, specifically:

 

   

Shares held of record

If your shares are registered directly in your name with eBay’s transfer agent, Computershare Shareowner Services LLC, you are considered the stockholder of record with respect to those shares, and these proxy materials are being sent directly to you by eBay. As a stockholder of record, you have the right to grant your voting proxy directly to eBay or to vote in person at the Annual Meeting. eBay has enclosed a proxy card for you to use. You may also submit voting instructions via the Internet or by telephone as described below under “How can I vote my shares without attending the Annual Meeting?”

 

   

Shares owned beneficially

If your shares are held in a stock brokerage account or by a broker, bank, or other nominee, you are considered the beneficial owner of shares held in street name, and these proxy materials are being forwarded to you by your broker, bank, or other nominee, which is considered the stockholder of record with respect to those shares. As a beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your broker, bank, or other nominee on how to vote the shares in your account, and you are also invited to attend the Annual Meeting. However, because you are not the stockholder of record, you may not vote these shares in person at the Annual Meeting unless you request and receive a valid proxy from your broker, bank, or other nominee. Your broker, bank, or other nominee has enclosed a voting instruction form for you to use to direct the broker, bank, or other nominee

 

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regarding how to vote your shares. Many brokers or banks also offer voting via the Internet or by telephone. Please refer to the voting instruction form you received from your broker, bank, or other nominee for instructions on the voting methods they offer.

 

Q: Can I attend the Annual Meeting?

 

A: You are invited to attend the Annual Meeting if you are a stockholder of record or a beneficial owner as of March 8, 2012. If you are a stockholder of record, you must bring proof of identification. If you hold your shares through a broker, bank, or other nominee, you will need to provide proof of ownership by bringing either a copy of the voting instruction form provided by your broker or a copy of a brokerage statement showing your share ownership as of March 8, 2012. Whether or not you attend the Annual Meeting, the event will be made available via webcast on eBay Inc.’s investor relations site at http://investor.ebayinc.com, and the webcast will be archived for a period of 90 days following the date of the Annual Meeting.

 

Q: How can I vote my shares in person at the Annual Meeting?

 

A: Shares held directly in your name as the stockholder of record may be voted in person at the Annual Meeting. If you choose to vote in person, please bring proof of identification. Even if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, eBay recommends that you submit a proxy with respect to the voting of your shares in advance as described below so that your vote will be counted if you later decide not to attend the Annual Meeting. Shares held in street name through a brokerage account or by a broker, bank, or other nominee may be voted in person by you only if you obtain a valid proxy from your broker, bank, or other nominee giving you the right to vote the shares.

 

Q: How can I vote my shares without attending the Annual Meeting?

 

A: Whether you hold shares directly as the stockholder of record or beneficially in street name, you may vote by proxy or submit a voting instruction form without attending the Annual Meeting. If you hold your shares directly as the stockholder of record, you may submit your proxy via the Internet, by telephone, or by completing and mailing your proxy card in the enclosed pre-paid envelope. If you hold your shares beneficially in street name, your broker or bank may offer voting via the Internet or by telephone or you may mail your voting instruction form in the enclosed pre-paid envelope. Please refer to the enclosed materials for details.

 

Q: Can I change my vote or revoke my proxy?

 

A: If you are the stockholder of record, you may change your proxy instructions or revoke your proxy at any time before your proxy is voted at the Annual Meeting. Proxies may be revoked by any of the following actions:

 

   

filing a timely written notice of revocation with our Corporate Secretary at our principal executive office (2145 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, California 95125);

 

   

submitting a new proxy at a later date via the Internet, by telephone, or by mail to our Corporate Secretary at our principal executive office; or

 

   

attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person (attendance at the Annual Meeting will not, by itself, revoke a proxy).

If your shares are held in a brokerage account by a broker, bank, or other nominee, you should follow the instructions provided by your broker, bank, or other nominee.

 

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Q: How are votes counted?

 

A: In the election of directors, you may vote “FOR,” “AGAINST,” or “ABSTAIN” with respect to each of the nominees. If you elect to abstain from the election of directors, the abstention will not have any effect on the election of directors. In tabulating the voting results for the election of directors, only “FOR” and “AGAINST” votes are counted.

You may vote “FOR,” “AGAINST,” or “ABSTAIN” with respect to the proposal to approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers, the proposal to approve the amendment and restatement of our 2008 Equity Incentive Award Plan, the proposal to approve our Employee Stock Purchase Plan, the proposal to approve the amendment of our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to declassify our Board and provide for the annual election of directors, the proposal to approve the amendment of our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to provide stockholders with the right to call a special meeting of stockholders, and the ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent auditors. If you elect to abstain from voting on any of these proposals, the abstention will have the same effect as an “AGAINST” vote with respect to such proposal.

If you sign and return your proxy card or voting instruction form without giving specific voting instructions, your shares will be voted as recommended by our Board. If you are a beneficial holder and do not return a voting instruction form, your broker may only vote on the ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

 

Q: Who will count the votes?

 

A: A representative of Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. will tabulate the votes and act as the inspector of election.

 

Q: What is the quorum requirement for the Annual Meeting?

 

A: The quorum requirement for holding the Annual Meeting and transacting business is a majority of the outstanding shares entitled to be voted at the Annual Meeting. The shares may be present in person or represented by proxy at the Annual Meeting. Both abstentions and broker non-votes are counted as present for the purpose of determining the presence of a quorum.

 

Q: What is the voting requirement to approve each of the proposals?

 

A: In an uncontested election of directors, such as this election, each director must be elected by the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast with respect to such director by the shares of common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote. A “majority of votes cast” means that the number of votes “FOR” a director nominee must exceed the number of votes “AGAINST” that director nominee. If you are a beneficial owner and do not provide the stockholder of record with voting instructions, your shares may constitute broker non-votes (see “What are broker non-votes and what effect do they have on the proposals?” below).

The affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of common stock present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote is required to approve each of the following proposals: the approval, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers, the approval of the amendment and restatement of our 2008 Equity Incentive Award Plan, the approval of our Employee Stock Purchase Plan, and the ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent auditors.

The affirmative vote of the majority of the shares of common stock outstanding as of March 8, 2012 is required to approve each of the following proposals: the amendment of our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to declassify our Board and provide for the annual election of directors and the amendment of our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to provide stockholders with the right

 

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to call a special meeting of stockholders. Because your vote on the compensation of our named executive officers is advisory, it will not be binding on the company, the Board or the Compensation Committee. However, the Board and the Compensation Committee will review the voting results and take them into consideration when making future decisions regarding compensation of our named executive officers and how often to submit the advisory vote on compensation of our named executive officers to our stockholders.

 

Q: What happens if a nominee who is duly nominated does not receive the required majority vote?

 

A: Each current director who is standing for re-election at the Annual Meeting has tendered an irrevocable resignation from the Board that will become effective if the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee or another committee of the Board determines to accept such resignation after the director fails to receive the required majority vote. This determination will be made within 90 days of the Annual Meeting and will be publicly reported promptly after it is made.

 

Q: What are broker non-votes and what effect do they have on the proposals?

 

A: Generally, broker non-votes occur when shares held by a broker, bank, or other nominee in “street name” for a beneficial owner are not voted with respect to a particular proposal because the broker, bank, or other nominee (1) has not received voting instructions from the beneficial owner and (2) lacks discretionary voting power to vote those shares with respect to that particular proposal.

A broker is entitled to vote shares held for a beneficial owner on “routine” matters, such as the ratification of the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as our independent auditors (Proposal 7), without instructions from the beneficial owner of those shares. On the other hand, absent instructions from the beneficial owner of such shares, a broker is not entitled to vote shares held for a beneficial owner on “non-routine” matters, such as the election of our directors (Proposal 1), the vote, on an advisory basis, of the compensation of our named executive officers (Proposal 2), the amendment and restatement of our 2008 Equity Incentive Award Plan (Proposal 3), the approval of our Employee Stock Purchase Plan (Proposal 4), the amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to declassify our Board and provide for the annual election of directors (Proposal 5), and the amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to provide stockholders with the right to call a special meeting of stockholders (Proposal 6).

If you hold your shares in street name, it is critical that you cast your vote if you want it to count in the election of directors (Proposal 1). In the past, if you held your shares in street name and you did not indicate how you wanted your shares voted in the election of directors, your broker, bank, or other nominee was allowed to vote those shares on your behalf in the election of directors as they felt appropriate. Based on recent regulatory changes, your broker, bank or other nominee is no longer able to vote your uninstructed shares in the election of directors on a discretionary basis. Thus, if you hold your shares in street name and you do not instruct your broker, bank, or other nominee how to vote in the election of directors, no votes will be cast on your behalf.

Broker non-votes are counted for purposes of determining whether or not a quorum exists for the transaction of business, but will not be counted for purposes of determining the number of shares represented and voted with respect to an individual proposal, and therefore will have no effect on the outcome of the vote on an individual proposal. Thus, if you do not give your broker specific voting instructions, your shares will not be voted on these “non-routine” matters and will not be counted in determining the number of shares necessary for approval.

 

Q: What does it mean if I receive more than one proxy card or voting instruction form?

 

A: It means your shares are registered differently or are in more than one account. Please provide voting instructions for each proxy card and voting instruction form you receive to ensure that all of your shares are voted.

 

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Q: Where can I find the voting results of the Annual Meeting?

 

A: We will announce preliminary voting results at the Annual Meeting and will publish final results in a Current Report on Form 8-K that we expect to file with the SEC within four business days of the Annual Meeting. If final voting results are not available to us in time to file a Form 8-K with the SEC within four business days after the Annual Meeting, we intend to file a Form 8-K to disclose preliminary voting results and, within four business days after the final results are known, we will file an additional Form 8-K with the SEC to disclose the final voting results.

 

Q: Who will bear the cost of soliciting votes for the Annual Meeting?

 

A: eBay will pay the entire cost of preparing, assembling, printing, mailing, and distributing these proxy materials. eBay will provide copies of these proxy materials to banks, brokerage houses, fiduciaries, and custodians holding in their names shares of our common stock beneficially owned by others so that they may forward these proxy materials to the beneficial owners. eBay has retained the services of D.F. King & Co., Inc., a professional proxy solicitation firm, to aid in the solicitation of proxies. D.F. King may solicit proxies by personal interview, mail, telephone, facsimile, email, or otherwise. eBay expects that it will pay D.F. King its customary fee, estimated to be approximately $13,500, plus reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the process of soliciting proxies. In addition, eBay may reimburse brokerage firms and other persons representing beneficial owners of shares for their expenses in forwarding solicitation materials to such beneficial owners. Solicitations may also be made by personal interview, mail, telephone, facsimile, email, or otherwise by directors, officers, and other employees of eBay, but eBay will not additionally compensate its directors, officers, or other employees for these services.

 

Q: May I propose actions for consideration at next year’s Annual Meeting or nominate individuals to serve as directors?

 

A: You may submit proposals for consideration at future annual stockholder meetings. In order for a stockholder proposal to be considered for inclusion in the proxy materials for our 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, your proposal must be received by our Corporate Secretary no later than November 19, 2012. A stockholder proposal or a nomination for director that is received after this date will not be included in our proxy statement and proxy, but will otherwise be considered at the 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders so long as it is submitted to our Corporate Secretary no earlier than December 27, 2012 and no later than January 26, 2013. We advise you to review our Bylaws, which contain these and other requirements with respect to advance notice of stockholder proposals and director nominations, including certain information that must be included concerning the stockholder and each proposal and nominee. Our Bylaws were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, on Form 8-K on June 28, 2011, and can be viewed by visiting our investor relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com/sec.cfm. You may also obtain a copy by writing to our Corporate Secretary at our principal executive office (2145 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, California 95125).

 

Q: How can I get electronic access to the Proxy Statement and Annual Report?

 

A: This proxy statement and our 2011 Annual Report may be viewed online on our investor relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com/annuals.cfm. You can also elect to receive an email that will provide an electronic link to future annual reports and proxy statements rather than receiving paper copies of these documents. Choosing to receive your proxy materials electronically will save us the cost of printing and mailing documents to you. You can choose to receive future proxy materials electronically by visiting our investor relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com/annuals.cfm. If you choose to receive future proxy materials electronically, you will receive an email next year with instructions containing a link to those materials and a link to the proxy voting site. Your choice to receive proxy materials electronically will remain in effect until you contact eBay Investor Relations and tell us otherwise. You may visit our investor relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com or contact eBay Investor Relations by mail at 2145 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, California 95125 or by telephone at 866-696-3229.

 

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Q: How do I obtain a separate set of proxy materials if I share an address with other stockholders?

 

A: To reduce expenses, in some cases, we are delivering one set of proxy materials to certain stockholders who share an address, unless otherwise requested. A separate proxy card is included in the proxy materials for each of these stockholders. If you reside at such an address and wish to receive a separate copy of the proxy materials, including our annual report, you may contact eBay Investor Relations at the website, address, or phone number in the previous paragraph. You may also contact eBay Investor Relations if you would like to receive separate proxy materials in the future or if you are receiving multiple copies of our proxy materials and would like to receive only one copy in the future.

 

Q: How can I obtain an additional proxy card or voting instruction form?

 

A: If you lose, misplace, or otherwise need to obtain a proxy card or voting instruction form and:

 

   

you are a stockholder of record, contact eBay Investor Relations by mail at 2145 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, California 95125 or by telephone at 866-696-3229; or

 

   

you are the beneficial owner of shares held indirectly through a broker, bank, or other nominee, contact your account representative at that organization.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Our business is managed by our employees under the direction and oversight of the Board. Except for Mr. Donahoe, none of our Board members is an employee of eBay. We keep Board members informed of our business through discussions with management, materials we provide to them, visits to our offices, and their participation in Board and Board committee meetings.

The Board has adopted Governance Guidelines for the Board of Directors, which we refer to as our Corporate Governance Guidelines, that, along with the charters of the principal Board committees and our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, which we refer to as our Code of Conduct, provide the framework for the governance of the company. A complete copy of our Corporate Governance Guidelines, the charters of our principal Board committees, and our Code of Conduct may be found on our investor relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com/governance.cfm. Information contained on our website is not part of this proxy statement. The Board regularly reviews corporate governance developments and modifies these policies as warranted. Any changes in these governance documents will be reflected in the same location on our website.

OUR CORPORATE GOVERNANCE PRACTICES

We believe that open, effective, and accountable corporate governance practices are key to our relationship with our stockholders. To help our stockholders understand our commitment to this relationship and our governance practices, the Board has adopted a set of Corporate Governance Guidelines to set a framework within which the Board will conduct its business. The Corporate Governance Guidelines can be found on our website at http://investor.ebayinc.com/governance.cfm and are summarized below along with certain other of our governance practices.

Committee Responsibilities. Board committees help the Board run effectively and efficiently, but do not replace the oversight of the Board as a whole. There are currently three principal Board committees: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Each committee meets regularly and has a written charter that has been approved by the Board. In addition, at each regularly scheduled Board meeting, a member of each committee reports on any significant matters addressed by the committee since the last Board meeting. Each committee performs an annual self-assessment to evaluate its effectiveness in fulfilling its obligations. In addition to our formal Committee structure, directors with an interest and background in technology meet regularly with our senior technologists and report significant matters to the Board. The directors that do this regularly are Mr. Andreessen, Mr. Cook, Ms. Mitic, and Mr. Omidyar.

 

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Independence. The rules of the Nasdaq Global Select Market require listed companies to have a board of directors with at least a majority of independent directors. These rules have both objective tests and a subjective test for determining who is an “independent director.” The objective tests state, for example, that a director is not considered independent if he or she is an employee of the company, or is a partner in, or a controlling stockholder or executive officer of, an entity to which the company made, or from which the company received, payments in the current or any of the past three fiscal years that exceed 5% of the recipient’s consolidated gross revenue for that year. The subjective test requires our Board to affirmatively determine that a director does not have a relationship that would interfere with the director’s exercise of independent judgment in carrying out his or her responsibilities. On an annual basis, each member of our Board is required to complete a questionnaire designed to provide information to assist the Board in determining whether the director is independent under the listing standards of the Nasdaq Global Select Market and our Corporate Governance Guidelines. Our Board has adopted guidelines setting forth certain categories of transactions, relationships, and arrangements that it has deemed immaterial for purposes of making its determination regarding a director’s independence, and does not consider any such transactions, relationships, and arrangements in making its subjective determination.

Our Board has determined that each of the following directors is independent under the listing standards of the Nasdaq Global Select Market: Mr. Anderson, Mr. Andreessen, Mr. Barnholt, Mr. Cook, Mr. Ford, Ms. Lepore, Ms. Mitic, Mr. Moffett, Mr. Schlosberg, and Mr. Tierney.

The Board limits membership on the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee to independent directors. Our Corporate Governance Guidelines require any director who has previously been determined to be independent to inform the Chairman of the Board and our Corporate Secretary of any change in circumstance that may cause his or her status as an independent director to change.

Leadership Structure, Lead Independent Director, and Role in Risk Oversight. In accordance with our Bylaws, our Board elects our Chairman and our Chief Executive Officer, or CEO. Our Corporate Governance Guidelines require that the roles of Chairman and CEO be held by separate individuals. Mr. Omidyar currently serves as our Chairman. The Board believes that the separation of the offices of the Chairman and CEO is appropriate as it aids in the Board’s oversight of management and it allows our CEO to focus primarily on his management responsibilities.

Our independent directors have also designated a lead independent director. The lead independent director chairs and may call formal closed sessions of the independent directors, leads Board meetings in the absence of the Chairman, and leads the annual Board self-assessment. In addition, the lead independent director, together with the chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, conducts interviews to confirm the continued qualification and willingness to serve of each director whose term is expiring at an annual meeting prior to the time at which directors are nominated for re-election. Mr. Barnholt is currently the lead independent director, having been reappointed to a two-year term in April 2010, and his two-year term will expire following our 2012 Annual Meeting. Mr. Tierney has been appointed as the lead independent director for a two-year term beginning at the conclusion of our 2012 Annual Meeting.

Risk is inherent with every business, and how well a business manages risk can ultimately determine its success. We face a number of risks, including economic risks, financial risks, legal and regulatory risks, and others, such as the impact of competition. Management is responsible for the day-to-day management of the risks that we face, while the Board, as a whole and through its committees, has responsibility for the oversight of risk management. In its risk oversight role, the Board is responsible for satisfying itself that the risk management processes designed and implemented by management are adequate and functioning as designed.

While the Board is ultimately responsible for risk oversight at eBay, the Board has delegated to the Audit Committee the primary responsibility for the oversight of risks facing us. The Audit Committee’s charter provides that it will discuss our major financial risk exposures and the steps we have taken to monitor and control

 

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such exposures. The Audit Committee reviews with our Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs & General Counsel significant legal, compliance, and regulatory matters that could have a material impact on our financial statements or our business, including material notices to or inquiries received from governmental agencies.

Our Vice President, Chief Audit Executive and Enterprise Risk Management, or CAE, is responsible for our internal audit function and our risk governance framework, which includes risk assessment, monitoring, and reporting. The CAE reports directly to the Audit Committee, and the Audit Committee reviews and evaluates the CAE’s appointment, compensation, and performance and provides the CAE with direct access to the Audit Committee. The CAE facilitates the Audit Committee’s review and approval of the internal audit plan and provides regular reporting on audit activities. In addition, through consultation with management, the CAE periodically assesses the major risks facing eBay and coordinates with the executives responsible for such risks through the risk governance process. The CAE periodically reviews with the Audit Committee the major risks facing eBay and the steps management has taken to monitor and mitigate those risks. The executive responsible for managing a particular risk may also report to the Audit Committee on how the risk is being managed and mitigated.

In addition to the general oversight responsibility that has been delegated to the Audit Committee, other committees review the risks within their areas of responsibility and expertise. For example, the Compensation Committee reviews the risks associated with our compensation policies and practices and our succession planning process and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee reviews the risks associated with our overall corporate governance.

Risk Assessment of Compensation Policies and Practices. We have assessed the compensation policies and practices for our employees and concluded that they do not create risks that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on the company. This analysis was presented to both the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee, which agreed with this conclusion.

Stockholder Communication. Stockholders may communicate with the Board or individual directors care of the Corporate Secretary, eBay Inc., 2145 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, California 95125. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee has delegated responsibility for initial review of stockholder communications to our Corporate Secretary. In accordance with the committee’s instructions, our Corporate Secretary will summarize all correspondence and make it available to each member of the Board. In addition, the Corporate Secretary will forward copies of all stockholder correspondence to each member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, except for communications that are (1) advertisements or promotional communications, (2) solely related to complaints by users with respect to ordinary course of business customer service and satisfaction issues, or (3) clearly unrelated to our business, industry, management, or Board or committee matters.

Attendance at Annual Meetings. Absent exigent circumstances, all directors are expected to attend eBay’s annual meeting of stockholders. All of our directors serving on our Board at the time of our last annual meeting of stockholders, which was held in April 2011, attended that meeting.

Formal Closed Sessions. As part of each regularly scheduled Board meeting, the outside directors have the opportunity to meet without our management or the other directors. The lead independent director leads the discussions.

Board Compensation. Board compensation is determined by the Compensation Committee. Since 2003, Board compensation has consisted of a mixture of equity compensation and cash compensation. Board compensation is reviewed annually by the Compensation Committee. A more detailed description of current Board compensation can be found under the heading “Compensation of Directors” below.

Stock Ownership Guidelines. In September 2004, our Board adopted stock ownership guidelines to better align the interests of our directors and executive officers with the interests of our stockholders and further promote our commitment to sound corporate governance. Under these guidelines, our executive officers are

 

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required to achieve ownership of eBay common stock valued at three times their annual base salary (five times in the case of our CEO). The guidelines provide that the required ownership level for each executive officer is recalculated whenever an executive officer changes pay grade or as of January 1 of the year on or after the third anniversary of the last revision of the guidelines. Until an executive officer achieves the required level of ownership, he or she is required to retain 25% of the after-tax net shares received as the result of the exercise of eBay stock options or the vesting of restricted stock or restricted stock units. Directors are required to achieve ownership of eBay common stock valued at three times the amount of the annual retainer paid to directors within three years of joining the Board, or in the case of directors serving at the time the guidelines were adopted, within three years of the date of adoption of the guidelines. A more detailed summary of our stock ownership guidelines can be found on our website at http://investor.ebayinc.com/governance.cfm. Other than the ownership guidelines described above, we do not have a policy regarding the length of time executives or directors have to hold their stock after exercise or vesting. The ownership levels of our executive officers and directors as of March 8, 2012 are set forth in the section entitled “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management” below.

In addition, the Company’s insider trading policy prohibits directors, officers and other employees from trading in any interest or position relating to the future price of our securities, such as a put, call or short sale.

Clawbacks. The company has implemented changes to the eBay Incentive Plan, the GSI Leadership Incentive Plan, and the company’s equity incentive plans to provide that beginning in 2012, awards made under those plans will be subject to a clawback provision consistent with the Securities and Exchange Commission rules to be issued in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Act.

Outside Advisors. The Board and each of its principal committees may retain outside advisors of their choosing at the company’s expense. The Board need not obtain management’s consent to retain outside advisors. In addition, the principal committees need not obtain either the Board’s or management’s consent to retain outside advisors.

Conflicts of Interest. We expect our directors, executive officers, and other employees to conduct themselves with the highest degree of integrity, ethics, and honesty. Our credibility and reputation depend upon the good judgment, ethical standards, and personal integrity of each director, executive officer, and other employee. In order to better protect us and our stockholders, we regularly review our Code of Conduct and related policies to ensure that they provide clear guidance to our directors, executive officers, and other employees.

Transparency. We believe it is important that stockholders understand our governance practices. In order to help ensure the transparency of our practices, we have posted information regarding our corporate governance policies and practices on our website at http://investor.ebayinc.com/governance.cfm.

Board Effectiveness and Director Performance Reviews. It is important that the Board and its committees are performing effectively and in the best interest of the company and its stockholders. The Board performs an annual self-assessment, led by the lead independent director, to evaluate its effectiveness in fulfilling its obligations. As part of this annual self-assessment, directors are able to provide feedback on the performance of other directors. The lead independent director then follows up on this feedback and takes such further action with directors receiving comments and other directors as he or she deems appropriate.

Succession Planning. The Board recognizes the importance of effective executive leadership to eBay’s success. We conduct an annual review process that includes succession plans for our senior leadership positions. These succession plans are reviewed and approved by our CEO, and details on these succession plans, including potential successors for members of our executive staff (including the CEO), are presented to the Board. In addition, the Board reviews and updates our CEO succession plan, which includes formal criteria for the CEO position used to evaluate potential successors and addresses the possibility of an emergency situation. In conducting this review, the Board considers, among other factors, organizational and operational needs, competitive challenges, leadership/management potential and development, and emergency situations.

 

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The Board has also developed a set of guiding principles relating to Board membership. The Board believes that as the company’s businesses and industries change, the Board must add members with highly relevant professional experience. In addition, the Board believes that a certain amount of director turnover is to be expected and desirable, and while it does not have term limits, the Board believes that nine to 12 years will generally be the expected time commitment from any individual director.

Auditor Independence. We have taken a number of steps to ensure continued independence of our outside auditors. Our independent auditors report directly to the Audit Committee, and we limit the use of our auditors for non-audit services. The fees for services provided by our auditors in 2011 and 2010 and our policy on pre-approval of non-audit services are described under “Proposal 7 — Ratification of Appointment of Independent Auditors” below.

Corporate Hotline. We have established a corporate hotline (operated by a third party) to allow any employee to confidentially and anonymously lodge a complaint about any accounting, internal control, auditing, or (where legally permissible) other matters of concern.

BOARD COMMITTEES AND MEETINGS

During 2011, our Board held four meetings, and each Board member attended at least 75% of the aggregate of all of our Board meetings and committee meetings for committees on which such director served. The Board has three principal committees: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

Audit Committee

Our Board has a separately-designated standing Audit Committee established in accordance with Section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which we refer to as the Exchange Act. Our Audit Committee consists of Mr. Anderson, Ms. Lepore, Mr. Moffett, and Mr. Schlosberg, each of whom is independent in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Nasdaq Global Select Market and the SEC. Mr. Anderson is the chairman of the committee. The Audit Committee met nine times during 2011. The primary responsibilities of the Audit Committee are to meet with our independent auditors to review the results of the annual audit and to discuss our financial statements, including the independent auditors’ judgment about the quality of accounting principles, the reasonableness of significant judgments, the clarity of the disclosures in our financial statements, our internal control over financial reporting, and management’s report with respect to internal control over financial reporting. Additionally, the Audit Committee meets with our independent auditors to review the interim financial statements prior to the filing of our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recommends to the Board the independent auditors to be retained by us, oversees the independence of the independent auditors, evaluates the independent auditors’ performance, reviews and approves the fees of the independent auditors, and receives and considers the independent auditors’ comments as to controls, adequacy of staff, and management performance and procedures in connection with audit and financial controls, including our system to monitor and manage business risks and legal and ethical compliance programs. The Audit Committee approves the compensation of our Vice President of Internal Audit and Risk Management, who meets with the committee regularly without other members of management present.

The Audit Committee also prepares the Audit Committee Report for inclusion in our proxy statement, approves audit and non-audit services provided to us by our independent auditors, considers conflicts of interest and reviews all transactions with related persons involving executive officers or Board members that are reasonably expected to exceed specified thresholds, and meets with our General Counsel to discuss legal matters that could have a material impact on our financial statements or our compliance policies and with other members of management to discuss other areas of risk to the company. Our Board has determined that Mr. Anderson is an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by the SEC. You can view our Audit Committee Charter on the corporate governance section of our investor relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com/governance.cfm.

 

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Compensation Committee

Our Compensation Committee consists of Mr. Barnholt, Mr. Ford, and Mr. Tierney. Mr. Barnholt is the chairman of the committee. The committee met six times during 2011. The Compensation Committee reviews and approves all compensation programs applicable to directors and executive officers, the overall strategy for employee compensation, and the compensation of our CEO and our other executive officers. The committee also reviews the Compensation Discussion and Analysis contained in our proxy statement and prepares the Compensation Committee Report for inclusion in our proxy statement. All members of our Compensation Committee are independent under the listing standards of the Nasdaq Global Select Market. The Compensation Committee Charter permits the committee to, in its discretion, delegate all or a portion of its duties and responsibilities to a subcommittee of the committee. You can view our Compensation Committee Charter on the corporate governance section of our investor relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com/governance.cfm. A more detailed description of the role of the committee, including the role of executive officers and consultants in compensation decisions, can be found under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Role of the Compensation Committee” and “— Role of Executive Officers and Consultants in Compensation Decisions” below.

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation. All members of the Compensation Committee during 2011 were independent directors, and no member was an employee or former employee of eBay. No Compensation Committee member had any relationship requiring disclosure under Item 404 of Regulation S-K promulgated by the SEC. During 2011, none of our executive officers served on the compensation committee (or its equivalent) or board of directors of another entity whose executive officer served on our Compensation Committee or Board.

Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee

Our Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee consists of Mr. Cook, Ms. Lepore, Mr. Schlosberg, and Mr. Tierney. Mr. Tierney is the chairman of the committee. Effective upon the conclusion of our 2012 Annual Meeting, Mr. Schlosberg has been appointed chairman of the committee and Ms. Mitic will join the committee; Mr. Tierney will remain a member of the committee following that date. The committee met four times during 2011. All members of our Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee are independent under the listing standards of the Nasdaq Global Select Market. The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee makes recommendations to the Board as to the appropriate size of the Board or any Board committee, reviews the qualifications of candidates for the Board, and makes recommendations to the Board on potential Board members (whether as a result of vacancies, including any vacancy created by an increase in the size of the Board, or as part of the annual election cycle). The committee considers nominee recommendations from a variety of sources, including nominees recommended by stockholders. The committee has from time to time retained an executive search firm to help facilitate the screening and interview process of director nominees. The committee has not established specific minimum age, education, experience, or skill requirements for potential members, but, in general, expects that qualified candidates will have high-level managerial experience in a relatively complex organization or be accustomed to dealing with complex problems, and will be able to represent the interests of the stockholders as a whole rather than special interest groups or constituencies. The committee considers each candidate’s character, integrity, judgment, skills, background, experience of particular relevance to the company, ability to work well with others, and time available to devote to Board activities, among other factors. The committee also considers the interplay of a candidate’s background and expertise with that of other Board members, and the extent to which a candidate may be a desirable addition to any committee of the Board. The committee also values diversity as a factor in selecting nominees to serve on the Board. Although the committee does not have a specific policy on diversity, the committee considers the criteria noted above in selecting nominees for directors, including members from diverse backgrounds who combine a broad spectrum of experience and expertise. Finally, the Committee also takes into account the set of guiding principles relating to Board membership described in “Our Corporate Governance Practices — Succession Planning” above.

 

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In addition to recommending director candidates, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee establishes procedures for the oversight and evaluation of the Board and management, reviews correspondence received from stockholders, and reviews on an annual basis our Corporate Governance Guidelines. Stockholders wishing to submit recommendations or director nominations for our 2013 Annual Meeting of Stockholders should submit their proposals to the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee in care of our Corporate Secretary in accordance with the time limitations, procedures, and requirements described under the heading “May I propose actions for consideration at next year’s Annual Meeting or nominate individuals to serve as directors?” in the section entitled “Questions and Answers about the Proxy Materials and Our 2012 Annual Meeting” above. You can view our Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee Charter on the corporate governance section of our investor relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com/governance.cfm.

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

The following table sets forth certain information known to us with respect to beneficial ownership of our common stock as of March 8, 2012 by (i) each stockholder known to us to be the beneficial owner of more than 5% of our common stock, (ii) each director and nominee for director, (iii) each of the executive officers named in the Summary Compensation Table below, and (iv) all executive officers and directors as a group. Unless otherwise indicated below, the address for each of our executive officers and directors is c/o eBay Inc., 2145 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, California 95125.

     Shares Beneficially
Owned(1)
 

Name of Beneficial Owner

   Number      Percent  

Pierre M. Omidyar(2)

     131,488,408         10.2

Wellington Management Company, LLP(3)

     69,551,654         5.4

FMR LLC(4)

     67,710,484         5.3

Janus Capital Management LLC(5)

     67,109,765         5.2

John J. Donahoe(6)

     3,537,820         *   

Christopher D. Saridakis(7)

     0         *   

Devin N. Wenig(8)

     0         *   

Mark T. Carges(9)

     378,022         *   

Robert H. Swan(10)

     1,866,791         *   

Fred D. Anderson(11)

     110,331         *   

Marc L. Andreessen(11)

     25,033         *   

Edward W. Barnholt(11)

     78,831         *   

Scott D. Cook(12)

     327,337         *   

William C. Ford, Jr.(13)

     184,431         *   

Dawn G. Lepore(11)

     184,331         *   

Kathleen C. Mitic

     0         *   

David M. Moffett(11)

     34,331         *   

Richard T. Schlosberg, III(14)

     110,331         *   

Thomas J. Tierney(15)

     158,331         *   

All directors and executive officers as a group (19 persons)(16)

     141,129,043         10.9

 

* Less than one percent.

 

(1)

This table is based upon information supplied by officers, directors, and principal stockholders and Schedules 13D and 13G filed with the SEC. Beneficial ownership is determined in accordance with the rules of the SEC and generally includes voting or investment power with respect to securities. Unless otherwise indicated in the footnotes to this table, the persons and entities named in the table have sole voting and sole investment power with respect to all shares beneficially owned, subject to community property laws where applicable. Shares of our common stock subject to options that are currently exercisable or exercisable within 60 days of March 8, 2012 are deemed to be outstanding for the purpose of

 

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  computing the percentage ownership of the person holding those options, but are not treated as outstanding for the purpose of computing the percentage ownership of any other person. The percentage of beneficial ownership is based on 1,290,103,429 shares of common stock outstanding as of March 8, 2012.

 

(2) Mr. Omidyar is our founder and Chairman of the Board. Includes 100,000 shares held by his spouse as to which he disclaims beneficial ownership, and 9,632,779 shares that Mr. Omidyar has pledged as security.

 

(3) Based solely on a Schedule 13G filed on February 14, 2012, Wellington Management Company, LLP has shared voting power with respect to 44,048,280 shares of the company’s common stock and shared dispositive power with respect to 69,551,654 shares of the company’s common stock. The address for Wellington Management Company, LLP is 280 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210.

 

(4) The address for FMR LLC is 82 Devonshire Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02109. This information is based solely upon a Schedule 13G/A No. 1 filed by FMR LLC on February 14, 2012.

 

(5) Based solely on a Schedule 13G/A No. 1 on February 14, 2012, Janus Capital Management, LLC, has shared voting power and shared dispositive power with respect to 1,227,578 shares of the company’s common stock. The address for Janus Capital Management LLC is 151 Detroit Street, Denver, Colorado 80206.

 

(6) Mr. Donahoe is our President and CEO. Includes 3,192,915 shares Mr. Donahoe has the right to acquire pursuant to outstanding options exercisable within 60 days of March 8, 2012.

 

(7) Mr. Saridakis is our President, GSI.

 

(8) Mr. Wenig is our President, eBay Marketplaces.

 

(9) Mr. Carges is our Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Global Products, Marketplaces. Includes 319,184 shares Mr. Carges has the right to acquire pursuant to outstanding options exercisable within 60 days of March 8, 2012.

 

(10) Mr. Swan is our Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Includes 1,523,921 shares Mr. Swan has the right to acquire pursuant to outstanding options exercisable within 60 days of March 8, 2012.

 

(11) Includes, in the case of Mr. Anderson, 104,331 shares Mr. Anderson has the right to acquire pursuant to outstanding options exercisable within 60 days of March 8, 2012; in the case of Mr. Andreessen, 19,633 shares Mr. Andreessen has the right to acquire pursuant to outstanding options exercisable within 60 days of March 8, 2012; in the case of Mr. Barnholt, 74,331 shares Mr. Barnholt has the right to acquire pursuant to outstanding options exercisable within 60 days of March 8, 2012; in the case of Ms. Lepore, 164,331 shares Ms. Lepore has the right to acquire pursuant to outstanding options exercisable within 60 days of March 8, 2012; and in the case of Mr. Moffett, 29,331 shares Mr. Moffett has the right to acquire pursuant to outstanding options exercisable within 60 days of March 8, 2012.

 

(12) Includes 164,331 shares Mr. Cook has the right to acquire pursuant to outstanding options exercisable within 60 days of March 8, 2012. The address for Mr. Cook is c/o Intuit Inc., 2535 Garcia Avenue, Mountain View, California 94043.

 

(13) Includes 100 shares held in a trust for Mr. Ford’s child and where Mr. Ford serves as trustee. Mr. Ford disclaims beneficial ownership of these shares. Includes 59,331 shares Mr. Ford has the right to acquire pursuant to outstanding options exercisable within 60 days of March 8, 2012. The address for Mr. Ford is c/o Ford Motor Company, One American Road, Dearborn, Michigan 48126.

 

(14) Includes 104,331 shares Mr. Schlosberg has the right to acquire pursuant to outstanding options exercisable within 60 days of March 8, 2012. The address for Mr. Schlosberg is c/o Bank of San Antonio, 800 E. Sonterra Blvd., Suite 140, San Antonio, Texas 78257.

 

(15) Includes 154,331 shares Mr. Tierney has the right to acquire pursuant to outstanding options exercisable within 60 days of March 8, 2012. The address for Mr. Tierney is c/o The Bridgespan Group, 535 Boylston Street, 10th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02116.

 

(16) Includes 7,865,139 shares subject to options exercisable within 60 days of March 8, 2012.

 

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Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance

Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires our directors, executive officers, and holders of more than 10% of our common stock to file reports regarding their ownership and changes in ownership of our securities with the SEC, and to furnish us with copies of all Section 16(a) reports that they file.

We believe that during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, our directors, executive officers, and greater than 10% stockholders complied with all applicable Section 16(a) filing requirements.

In making this statement, we have relied upon a review of the copies of Section 16(a) reports furnished to us and the written representations of our directors, executive officers, and greater than 10% stockholders.

CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS WITH DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

The Audit Committee is charged with reviewing reports relating to compliance program activities and the oversight of the Code of Conduct as applied to the Company’s directors and executive officers. The Audit Committee also reviews and approves all transactions with related persons that are required to be disclosed in this section of our proxy statement. The charter of our Audit Committee and our Code of Conduct may be found on our investor relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com/governance.cfm.

Our Board has adopted a written policy for the review of related person transactions. For purposes of the policy, a related person transaction includes transactions in which (1) the amount involved is more than $120,000 in any consecutive twelve-month period, (2) eBay is a participant, and (3) any related person has a direct or indirect material interest. The policy defines a “related person” to include directors, nominees for director, executive officers, holders of more than 5% of eBay’s outstanding common stock and their respective immediate family members. Pursuant to the policy, all related person transactions must be approved by the Audit Committee or, in the event of an inadvertent failure to bring the transaction to the Audit Committee for pre-approval, ratified by the Audit Committee. In the event that a member of the Audit Committee has an interest in a related person transaction, the transaction must be approved or ratified by the disinterested members of the Audit Committee. In deciding whether to approve or ratify a related person transaction, the Audit Committee will consider the following factors:

 

   

whether the terms of the transaction are (1) fair to eBay and (2) at least as favorable to eBay as would apply if the transaction did not involve a related person;

 

   

whether there are demonstrable business reasons for eBay to enter into the transaction;

 

   

whether the transaction would impair the independence of an outside director under eBay’s director independence standards; and

 

   

whether the transaction would present an improper conflict of interest for any director or executive officer, taking into account the size of the transaction, the overall financial position of the related person, the direct or indirect nature of the related person’s interest in the transaction and the ongoing nature of any proposed relationship, and any other factors the committee deems relevant.

We have entered into indemnification agreements with each of our directors and executive officers. These agreements require us to indemnify such individuals, to the fullest extent permitted by Delaware law, for certain liabilities to which they may become subject as a result of their affiliation with eBay.

 

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PROPOSALS REQUIRING YOUR VOTE

PROPOSAL 1

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

Our Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws provide for the Board to be divided into three classes, with each class having a three-year term. The first class currently consists of four directors, the second class currently consists of five directors and the third class currently consists of three directors. The term of office for the first class expires at our 2014 Annual Meeting, the term of office for the second class expires at our upcoming Annual Meeting, and the term of office for the third class expires at our 2013 Annual Meeting. A director who is elected to fill a vacancy (including a vacancy created by an increase in the size of the Board) will serve for the remainder of the term of the class of directors in which the vacancy occurred and until his or her successor is elected and qualified, or until his or her earlier death, resignation, or removal.

Our Board is presently composed of 12 members, ten of whom are currently independent directors within the meaning of the listing standards of the Nasdaq Global Select Market. The five nominees standing for election at the Annual Meeting are from the second class of directors, whose term of office expires at the upcoming Annual Meeting. These five nominees are all currently members of the Board and, except for Ms. Mitic, have been previously elected by the stockholders. If elected at the Annual Meeting, each of the nominees would serve until our 2015 Annual Meeting and until his or her successor is elected and qualified, or until his or her earlier death, resignation, or removal.

Majority Vote Standard for Election of Directors; Director Resignation Policy. Our Bylaws require that each director be elected by the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast with respect to such director in uncontested elections such as this one (the number of shares voted “FOR” a director nominee must exceed the number of votes cast “AGAINST” that nominee). In a contested election, the standard for election of directors would be the affirmative vote of a plurality of the votes cast by the shares represented in person or by proxy at any such meeting and entitled to vote on the election of directors. A contested election is one in which the Board has determined that the number of nominees exceeds the number of directors to be elected at the meeting and has not rescinded this determination by the date that is at least 20 days prior to the date of the meeting as initially announced.

If a nominee who is serving as a director is not elected at the annual meeting, under Delaware law the director would continue to serve on the Board as a “holdover director” until his or her successor is elected and qualified, or until his or her earlier resignation or removal pursuant to our Bylaws. In accordance with our Corporate Governance Guidelines, our Board expects each incumbent director who is nominated for re-election to resign, in accordance with the procedure set forth in our Bylaws, from the Board if he or she fails to receive the required number of votes for re-election in accordance with our Bylaws. Our Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that, in considering whether to nominate any incumbent director for re-election, the Board will take into account whether the director has tendered an irrevocable resignation that will be effective upon the Board’s acceptance of such resignation in the event the director fails to receive the required vote to be re-elected. In the case of a proposed nominee who is not an incumbent director, the Board will take into account whether the individual has agreed to tender such a resignation prior to being nominated for re-election. If a nominee who is an incumbent director does not receive the required vote for re-election, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee or another committee of the Board will decide whether to accept or reject such director’s resignation (if the director has tendered such a resignation), or whether to take other action, within 90 days after the date of the certification of the election results (subject to an additional 90-day period in certain circumstances). In reaching its decision, the committee will review factors it deems relevant, which may include any stated reasons for “AGAINST” votes, whether the underlying cause or causes of the “AGAINST” votes are curable, criteria considered by the committee in evaluating potential candidates for the Board, the length of service of the director, the size and holding period of such director’s stock ownership in the company, and the director’s contributions to the company. The committee’s decision will be publicly disclosed in a filing with the SEC. If a nominee who was not already serving as a director fails to receive the required votes to be elected at the annual meeting, he or she will not become a member of the Board. Each director nominee is currently serving on the Board and has submitted an irrevocable resignation of the type described above.

 

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Set forth below is biographical information for each of the nominees as well as for each director whose term of office will continue after the upcoming Annual Meeting.

Director Qualifications. All of our directors have high-level managerial experience in relatively complex organizations or are accustomed to dealing with complex problems. We believe all of our directors are individuals of high character and integrity, are able to work well with others, and have sufficient time to devote to the affairs of eBay. In addition to these attributes, in each individual’s biography set forth below, we have highlighted specific experience, qualifications, and skills that led the Board to conclude that each individual should continue to serve as a director of eBay.

Management Proposal to Declassify Board of Directors. Our Board and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee regularly review our corporate governance policies and practices. As disclosed in our 2011 Proxy Statement, as part of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee’s continuing review, the Committee recommended, and the Board decided to conduct, a full review regarding the potential declassification of the Board and moving to annual elections of all directors. Following the completion of that review, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee recommended to the Board in June 2011 that a proposal to declassify the Board be submitted to stockholders at the next annual meeting. Upon the recommendation of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, our Board has unanimously approved an amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to declassify the Board and move to annual election of directors. See “Proposal 5 – Adoption and Approval of an Amendment to Our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to Declassify Our Board of Directors and Provide for the Annual Election of Directors” below for additional information.

NOMINEES FOR ELECTION FOR A THREE-YEAR TERM EXPIRING AT OUR 2015 ANNUAL MEETING

Marc L. Andreessen

Marc L. Andreessen, age 40, has served as a director of eBay since September 2008. Mr. Andreessen is Co-Founder and General Partner of AH Capital Management, L.L.C. (d/b/a Andreessen Horowitz), a venture capital firm formed in 2009. Andreessen Horowitz primarily invests in private high-technology companies in Silicon Valley and around the world. Mr. Andreessen also co-founded and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ning Inc., an online platform for people to create their own social networks, from late 2004 to December 2011. From September 1999 to July 2007, Mr. Andreessen co-founded and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Opsware, Inc. (formerly known as Loudcloud Inc.), a software company. From March 1999 to September 1999, Mr. Andreessen served as Chief Technology Officer of America Online, Inc., a media company and provider of Internet services. From April 1994 to March 1999, Mr. Andreessen was a Co-Founder of Netscape Communications Corporation, a software company, serving in various positions, including Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Products. Mr. Andreessen also served on the Board of Directors of Blue Coat Systems from 1999 to September 2005. Mr. Andreessen currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hewlett-Packard Company, Facebook, Inc., Stanford Hospital, and several smaller private companies. Mr. Andreessen holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Experience, Qualifications and Skills:

The Board concluded that Mr. Andreessen should continue to serve as a director of eBay in part due to his extensive experience as an Internet entrepreneur and a technologist, which is relevant given that eBay is a global Internet-driven company and has a continuing need to innovate.

William C. Ford, Jr.

William C. Ford, Jr., age 54, has served as a director of eBay since July 2005. Mr. Ford has served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company, a company that manufactures and

 

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distributes automobiles, since September 2006 and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ford since January 1999. Mr. Ford also serves as Chairman of Ford’s Finance Committee and as a member of Ford’s Environmental and Public Policy Committee. From October 2001 to September 2006, Mr. Ford was Ford’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ford has held a number of management positions at Ford since 1979. Mr. Ford serves as Vice Chairman of The Detroit Lions, Inc., Chairman of the Detroit Economic Club and Board Member of Business Leaders for Michigan. Mr. Ford holds a B.A. degree from Princeton University and a M.S. degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Experience, Qualifications and Skills:

The Board concluded that Mr. Ford should continue to serve as a director of eBay in part due to his experience as Executive Chairman and as a former Chief Executive Officer of a global consumer-facing company and his extensive managerial expertise, which are relevant to eBay’s overall business.

Dawn G. Lepore

Dawn G. Lepore, age 57, has served as a director of eBay since December 1999. Ms. Lepore had served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of drugstore.com, inc., a leading online provider of health, beauty, vision, and pharmacy solutions, from October 2004 to June 2011. From August 2003 to October 2004, Ms. Lepore served as Vice Chairman of Technology, Active Trader, Operations, Business Strategy, and Administration for the Charles Schwab Corporation and Charles Schwab & Co, Inc., a financial holding company. Prior to this appointment, she held various positions with the Charles Schwab Corporation including: Vice Chairman of Technology, Operations, Business Strategy, and Administration from May 2003 to August 2003; Vice Chairman of Technology, Operations, and Administration from March 2002 to May 2003; Vice Chairman of Technology and Administration from November 2001 to March 2002; and Vice Chairman and Chief Information Officer from July 1999 to November 2001. Ms. Lepore also served on the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company from April 2008 to June 2011. Ms. Lepore holds a B.A. degree from Smith College.

Experience, Qualifications and Skills:

The Board concluded that Ms. Lepore should continue to serve as a director of eBay in part due to her extensive knowledge of eBay having been a director since 1999, which brings historic knowledge and continuity to the Board, and her operational and industry expertise as the Chief Executive Officer of an online consumer-facing retail company and her extensive expertise managing complex global information technology systems, which are relevant given that eBay is a global Internet-driven company.

Kathleen C. Mitic

Kathleen C. Mitic, age 42, has served as a director of eBay since September 2011. Ms. Mitic has been Director of Platform & Mobile Marketing for Facebook, Inc., a social networking service, since August 2010. From June 2009 to July 2010, Ms. Mitic served as Senior Vice President Product Marketing of Palm, Inc., a smartphone manufacturer. From May 2008 to June 2009, Ms. Mitic was an Executive-in-Residence at Elevation Partners, a private equity firm focused on the media and entertainment industries. From December 2006 to February 2008, Ms. Mitic served as Chief Operating Officer of Skyrider Inc., a developer of online peer-to-peer networking solutions. From May 2006 to November 2006, Ms. Mitic was an Executive-in-Residence at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm. From May 2005 to May 2006, Ms. Mitic served as Vice President Marketing at Zazzle.com Inc., an online marketplace provider of custom products. From December 2004 to May 2005, Ms. Mitic served as Vice President & General Manager Product Strategy Group and from December 2001 to December 2004 as Global Vice President & General Manager Yahoo! Personals at Yahoo! Inc., a provider of an online network of integrated services. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International. Ms. Mitic holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.

 

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Experience, Qualifications and Skills:

The Board concluded that Ms. Mitic should continue to serve as a director of eBay in part due to her extensive experience as a technology leader and entrepreneur obtained from her various positions, including her current position with a major global consumer-facing technology company, which is relevant given that eBay is a global consumer-focused technology company with a continuing need to innovate.

Pierre M. Omidyar

Pierre M. Omidyar, age 44, founded eBay as a sole proprietorship in September 1995. He has been a director and Chairman of the Board since eBay’s incorporation in May 1996. Mr. Omidyar served as eBay’s Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and President from inception to February 1998, November 1997, and August 1996, respectively. Prior to founding eBay, Mr. Omidyar was a developer services engineer at General Magic, a mobile communications platform company, from December 1994 to July 1996. Mr. Omidyar co-founded Ink Development Corp. (later renamed eShop), in May 1991 and served as a software engineer there from May 1991 to September 1994. Prior to co-founding Ink, Mr. Omidyar was a developer for Claris, a subsidiary of Apple Inc., and for other Macintosh-oriented software development companies. Since 2004, Mr. Omidyar has been Co-Founder and Chairman of the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm committed to creating opportunity for individuals to improve their lives. He is also currently the Chief Executive Officer and publisher of Peer News LLC and serves on the Board of Trustees of Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund, the Punahou School, Santa Fe Institute, and the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute. Mr. Omidyar holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Tufts University.

Experience, Qualifications and Skills:

The Board concluded that Mr. Omidyar should continue to serve as a director of eBay in part due to the fact that he is eBay’s founder, which brings historic knowledge and continuity to the Board, and its largest stockholder, as well as his extensive experience as an entrepreneur and a technologist, both of which are relevant given eBay is a technology-driven company with a continuing need to innovate.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS

A VOTE IN FAVOR OF EACH NAMED NOMINEE.

DIRECTORS CONTINUING IN OFFICE UNTIL OUR 2013 ANNUAL MEETING

David M. Moffett

David M. Moffett, age 60, has served as a director of eBay since July 2007. Mr. Moffett served as Chief Executive Officer of Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac), a government controlled and sponsored mortgage company, from September 2008 until his retirement in March 2009, and as a director of Freddie Mac from December 2008 to March 2009. Mr. Moffett has more than 30 years of strategic finance, risk management, and operational experience in banking and payment processing. He joined Star Banc Corporation, a bank holding company, in 1993 as Chief Financial Officer and played integral roles as Star Banc Corporation acquired Firstar Corporation in 1998, which then acquired U.S. Bancorp in February 2001, retaining the U.S. Bancorp name. Prior to 1993, Mr. Moffett held executive level positions at some of the nation’s leading financial services companies, including Bank of America Corporation, a national financial institution, and Security Pacific Corp., a provider of banking and financial services. Mr. Moffett also served on the Board of Directors of MBIA Inc. from May 2007 to September 2008, The E.W. Scripps Company from May 2007 to November 2008 and Building Materials Holding Corp from May 2006 to November 2008. Mr. Moffett also serves on the Board of Directors of CIT Group Inc. and as a Trustee for the University of Oklahoma Foundation and the Columbia Atlantic mutual funds. Mr. Moffett holds a B.S. degree in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and an M.B.A. degree from Southern Methodist University.

 

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Experience, Qualifications and Skills:

The Board concluded that Mr. Moffett should continue to serve as a director of eBay in part due to his extensive experience in the payments business as a result of his involvement with the development of U.S. Bancorp’s global expansion of its merchant processing business and his extensive global financial management and regulatory expertise as a former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of financial services companies, both of which are particularly relevant to PayPal’s and Bill Me Later’s businesses.

Richard T. Schlosberg, III

Richard T. Schlosberg, III, age 67, has served as a director of eBay since March 2004. From May 1999 until his retirement in January 2004, Mr. Schlosberg served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a private family foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Mr. Schlosberg was Executive Vice President of The Times Mirror Company, a news and information company, and publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Times, a daily newspaper. Prior to that, he served in the same role at the Denver Post, a daily newspaper. Mr. Schlosberg served on the board of directors of BEA Systems Inc., a developer of enterprise application infrastructure solutions, from April 2005 to April 2008 and currently serves on the Board of Directors as Lead Independent Director of Edison International and is also a founding Director of the U.S. Air Force Academy Endowment, Director of the San Antonio Medical Foundation and a Director of the Texas Biomedical Foundation. Mr. Schlosberg is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Mr. Schlosberg is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and holds an M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Business School.

Experience, Qualifications and Skills:

The Board concluded that Mr. Schlosberg should continue to serve as a director of eBay in part due to his experience as a Chief Executive Officer in the newspaper/publishing industry, which is particularly relevant to eBay’s classifieds business, and extensive management expertise.

Thomas J. Tierney

Thomas J. Tierney, age 58, has served as a director of eBay since March 2003. Mr. Tierney is the founder of The Bridgespan Group, or Bridgespan, a non-profit consulting firm serving the non-profit sector, and has been its Chairman of the Board since late 1999. Prior to founding Bridgespan, Mr. Tierney served as Chief Executive Officer of Bain & Company, a consulting firm, from June 1992 to January 2000. Mr. Tierney holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California at Davis and an M.B.A. degree with distinction from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Tierney is the co-author of Aligning the Stars, a book about organization and strategy.

Experience, Qualifications and Skills:

The Board concluded that Mr. Tierney should continue to serve as a director of eBay in part due to his extensive managerial experience as Chief Executive Officer of a global strategic consulting company, which is relevant to eBay’s overall business and the Board’s oversight of management.

DIRECTORS CONTINUING IN OFFICE UNTIL OUR 2014 ANNUAL MEETING

Fred D. Anderson

Fred D. Anderson, age 67, has served as a director of eBay since July 2003. Mr. Anderson has been a Managing Director of Elevation Partners, a private equity firm focused on the media and entertainment industry, since July 2004. From March 1996 to June 2004, Mr. Anderson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Apple Inc., a manufacturer of personal computers and related software. Prior to joining Apple, Mr. Anderson was Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Automatic Data Processing,

 

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Inc., an electronic transaction processing firm, from August 1992 to March 1996. On April 24, 2007, the SEC filed a complaint against Mr. Anderson and another former officer of Apple. The complaint alleged that Mr. Anderson failed to take steps to ensure that the accounting for an option granted in 2001 to certain executives of Apple, including himself, was proper. Simultaneously with the filing of the complaint, Mr. Anderson settled with the SEC, neither admitting nor denying the allegations in the complaint. In connection with the settlement, Mr. Anderson agreed to a permanent injunction from future violations of Sections 17(a)(2) and 17(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act and Rules 13b2-2 and 16a-3 thereunder, and from aiding and abetting future violations of Sections 13(a), 13(b)(2)(A), 13(b)(2)(B), and 14(a) of the Exchange Act and Rules 12b-20, 13a-1, 13a-13, and 14a-9 thereunder. He also agreed to disgorge approximately $3.5 million in profits and interest from the option he received and to pay a civil penalty of $150,000. Under the terms of the settlement, Mr. Anderson may continue to act as an officer or director of public companies. Mr. Anderson also served on the Board of Directors of Apple Inc. from June 2004 to June 2006, E.Piphany, Inc. from May 2003 to September 2005 and Palm, Inc. from September 2007 to July 2010. Mr. Anderson currently serves on the Board of Directors of Move, Inc. and Yelp Inc. Mr. Anderson holds a B.A. degree from Whittier College and an M.B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Experience, Qualifications and Skills:

The Board concluded that Mr. Anderson should continue to serve as a director of eBay in part due to his extensive financial management expertise as a former Chief Financial Officer of two global public companies, which is relevant to eBay’s overall business, and due to his continued involvement with mergers and acquisitions and with technology firms through his experience at Elevation Partners. This expertise has also led the Board to determine that he is an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by the SEC.

Edward W. Barnholt

Edward W. Barnholt, age 68, has served as a director of eBay since April 2005. Mr. Barnholt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Agilent Technologies, Inc., a measurement company, from May 1999 until his retirement in March 2005. He also served on the Board of Directors of Agilent from May 1999 to March 2005 and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from November 2002 until March 2005. Before being named Agilent’s Chief Executive Officer, from 1998 to 1999 Mr. Barnholt served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Measurement Organization of Hewlett-Packard Company, an international information technology company. From 1990 to 1998, he served as General Manager of Hewlett-Packard Company’s Test and Measurement Organization. He was elected a Senior Vice President of Hewlett-Packard Company in 1993 and an Executive Vice President in 1996. Mr. Barnholt currently serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of KLA-Tencor Corporation, a member of the Board of Directors of Adobe Systems Incorporated, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Mr. Barnholt holds a B.S. and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Experience, Qualifications and Skills:

The Board concluded that Mr. Barnholt should continue to serve as a director of eBay in part due to his experience as a former Chairman of a large global technology company and his extensive global management, operational, and industry expertise as a former Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of relatively large global technology companies, which are relevant given that eBay is a global technology company.

Scott D. Cook

Scott D. Cook, age 59, has served as a director of eBay since June 1998. Mr. Cook is the founder of Intuit Inc., a maker of business and financial management technology solutions, including Quickbooks, Quicken and TurboTax. Mr. Cook has been a director of Intuit since March 1984 and has been the Chairman of the Executive

 

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Committee of the Board of Directors of Intuit since August 1998. From March 1993 to July 1998, Mr. Cook served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Intuit. From March 1984 to April 1994, Mr. Cook served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Intuit. Mr. Cook also serves on the Board of Directors of The Procter & Gamble Company, The Asia Foundation and The Intuit Scholarship Foundation. Mr. Cook holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Business School.

Experience, Qualifications and Skills:

The Board concluded that Mr. Cook should continue to serve as a director of eBay in part due to his extensive knowledge of eBay having been a director since 1998, which brings historic knowledge and continuity to the Board, and his operational and industry expertise obtained from his experience as Chairman of the Executive Committee and as a former Chief Executive Officer of a major global consumer-facing technology company and a technologist, which is relevant given that eBay is a global consumer-focused technology company.

John J. Donahoe

John J. Donahoe, age 51, serves eBay as its President and Chief Executive Officer. He has served as eBay’s President and Chief Executive Officer since March 2008, and as a director of eBay since January 2008. In January 2012, in connection with Mr. Thompson’s resignation as President of PayPal, Mr. Donahoe was appointed as Interim President of PayPal. Mr. Donahoe will continue to serve as Interim President of PayPal until a successor for Mr. Thompson is named. From January 2008 to March 2008, Mr. Donahoe served as CEO-designate of eBay. From March 2005 to January 2008, Mr. Donahoe served as President, eBay Marketplaces. From January 2000 to February 2005, Mr. Donahoe served as Worldwide Managing Director for Bain & Company, a global business consulting firm. Mr. Donahoe serves on the Board of Trustees for Dartmouth College and on the Board of Directors of Intel Corporation. Mr. Donahoe holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Experience, Qualifications and Skills:

The Board concluded that Mr. Donahoe should continue to serve as a director of eBay in part due to his role as eBay’s President and Chief Executive Officer and his knowledge of the day-to-day operations of eBay obtained as a result of that role, as well as his extensive previous managerial experience as Worldwide Managing Director of a global strategic consulting company, which is relevant to eBay’s overall business.

 

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PROPOSAL 2

ADVISORY VOTE ON COMPENSATION OF OUR NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, or the Dodd-Frank Act, enables our stockholders to vote to approve, on an advisory (nonbinding) basis, the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in this proxy statement in accordance with the SEC’s rules.

As discussed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the company designs its compensation programs to maintain a performance- and achievement-oriented environment throughout the company. The goals of the company’s executive compensation program are to:

 

   

Create stockholder value by aligning executive compensation to business objectives and performance;

 

   

Attract, retain, and motivate highly-qualified executives by offering market-competitive total compensation packages; and

 

   

Balance the focus on short- vs. longer-term performance objectives through an appropriate mix of short-term cash incentive awards and equity incentive awards that vest over a number of years.

Consistent with these goals and as discussed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the Compensation Committee has designed guiding principles focused on pay for performance, competitiveness of the company’s compensation programs with the company’s peer group, and cost-effective programs with limited perquisites or other personal benefits and without compensation agreements that provide expensive post-employment compensation.

In particular, payouts under our short-term cash incentive program (the eBay Incentive Program) and longer-term awards of performance-based restricted stock units depend on the company hitting pre-determined performance metrics that are set by the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee selects performance measures that it believes are the best measures of the company’s success and aligned with drivers of long-term stockholder value. We also grant our executive officers stock options and time-based restricted stock units in order to align their incentives with the long-term interests of our stockholders, reward them for potential long-term contributions, and provide a total compensation opportunity commensurate with our performance and competitive norms.

We are asking our stockholders to indicate their support for the compensation of our named executive officers as described in this proxy statement. This proposal, commonly known as a “say-on-pay” proposal, gives our stockholders the opportunity to express their views on the compensation of our named executive officers. This vote is not intended to address any specific item of compensation, but rather the overall compensation of our named executive officers and the philosophy, policies, and practices described in this proxy statement. Accordingly, we will ask our stockholders to vote “FOR” the following resolution at the Annual Meeting:

“RESOLVED, that the company’s stockholders approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the named executive officers, as disclosed in the company’s Proxy Statement for the 2012 Annual Meeting of Stockholders pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the 2011 Summary Compensation Table, and the other related tables and disclosure.”

The say-on-pay vote is advisory, and therefore not binding on the company, our Board, or our Compensation Committee. Our Board and our Compensation Committee value the opinions of our stockholders and will take into account the outcome of this vote in considering future compensation arrangements.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS

A VOTE IN FAVOR OF PROPOSAL 2.

 

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PROPOSAL 3

APPROVAL OF THE AMENDMENT AND RESTATEMENT OF OUR

2008 EQUITY INCENTIVE AWARD PLAN

We are asking you to adopt and approve the amendment and restatement of our 2008 Equity Incentive Award Plan, or the 2008 Plan:

 

   

to increase the number of shares of common stock we may issue under the 2008 Plan by 16.5 million shares from 105 million shares to 121.5 million shares;

 

   

to change the manner in which various types of equity awards are counted against the plan limits;

 

   

to eliminate certain share recycling provisions; and

 

   

to require awards granted under the 2008 Plan to be subject to our clawback policy, as in effect from time to time.

The Board believes that adopting and amending the 2008 Plan is in the best interests of our stockholders. The Board, upon recommendation of the Compensation Committee, has unanimously approved the proposed amendment and restatement of the 2008 Plan and recommends that the Company’s stockholders adopt and approve the proposed amendment and restatement of the 2008 Plan to provide us the continued ability to grant a variety of equity awards as a valuable tool to help attract and retain members of our Board and employees of our company and its subsidiaries.

INTRODUCTION

The purpose of the 2008 Plan is to promote the success and enhance the value of our company by linking the personal interests of employees and the members of our Board to those of our stockholders and by providing these individuals with an incentive to work to generate superior returns to our stockholders. The 2008 Plan is also intended to provide us with flexibility in creating competitive plans to motivate, attract, and retain the services of employees and members of our Board upon whose judgment, interest, and special effort our success is largely dependent. We also encourage stock ownership by our senior executives and members of our Board through the use of equity awards and stock ownership guidelines applicable to our executive officers and directors.

As a result of various factors, we currently maintain multiple plans, each typically used to grant awards to different groups of employees. Over the next several years, we intend to reduce the number of plans we administer and primarily rely on one plan to grant awards to employees. A simple, smoothly functioning equity award program is an important component of our general compensation program and helps to streamline our daily operations.

As explained in greater detail in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis section of this proxy statement, we grant our executive officers a combination of stock options, time-based restricted stock units, or RSUs, and performance-based RSUs and we grant most other employees eligible to receive equity either a combination of stock options and RSUs or purely RSUs.

In order to continue to make grants in accordance with the compensation philosophy adopted by the Compensation Committee, our Compensation Committee and the Board, upon recommendation of our Compensation Committee, have approved and are asking you to approve the amendment and restatement of our 2008 Plan. This will ensure that we have sufficient shares authorized and available for grants of equity awards and the flexibility to create the most appropriate equity grant program possible.

As of March 2, 2012, we had a total of 56.79 million shares available for grant under our equity incentive plans, consisting of (a) 53.10 million shares available for grant under the 2008 Plan, (b) 0.95 million shares available for grant under our 2003 Deferred Stock Unit Plan, or 2003 Plan, and (c) 2.74 million shares available

 

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for grant under the GSI Commerce, Inc. 2010 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended, or the GSI Plan. Assuming stockholder approval of the amendment and restatement of the 2008 Plan, and based on the awards outstanding under our equity incentive plans as of March 2, 2012, we would have a total of 73.29 million shares available for grant under all plans, consisting of an aggregate total of (x) 69.60 million shares available for grant under the 2008 Plan, (y) 0.95 million shares available for grant under the 2003 Plan and (z) 2.74 million shares available for grant under the GSI Plan. The number of shares available for grant under the 2008 Plan, 2003 Plan and GSI Plan may increase in connection with the cancellation or forfeiture of awards outstanding under such plans.

Under the amended and restated 2008 Plan, shares subject to awards other than full value awards, such as stock options and stock appreciation rights, granted on or after April 26, 2012 would count against all plan limits as 0.5587 shares for each share subject to the award, while shares subject to full value awards, such as restricted stock units and restricted stock, would count against the plan limits as 1.0 share for each share subject to the award.

For comparative purposes only, this is intended to be identical to a request for approximately 71.5 million additional shares under a fungible (flexible) share plan in which shares subject to awards other than full value awards, such as stock options and stock appreciation rights, would count against all plan limits as 1.0 share for each share subject to the award, while shares subject to full value awards, such as restricted stock units and restricted stock, would count against the plan limits as 1.79 shares for each share subject to the award; assuming stockholder approval, this would have also resulted in 69.6 million full value awards (124.6 million shares divided by 1.79) being available for grant under the 2008 Plan as of March 2, 2012.

The amended and restated 2008 Plan eliminates certain share recycling provisions that were previously included in the 2008 Plan. As a result, any shares of stock subject to an equity award under the amended and restated 2008 Plan may not be made available for reissuance if such shares are delivered to or withheld by eBay to pay the exercise price of an option or to satisfy withholding taxes related to an equity award, or such shares were subject to an equity award and were not issued upon the net settlement of such equity award.

The amended and restated 2008 Plan would expressly provide that each award granted under the plan is subject to our clawback policy, as in effect from time to time, which we will maintain in order to comply with the listing requirements of the Nasdaq Global Select Market.

The following tables provide information about our outstanding stock options as of March 2, 2012. Approximately 68.8% of outstanding stock options were exercisable on that date and 13.3% of exercisable options had exercise prices above the closing price on that date. In addition to stock options, we had 30.4 million shares of restricted stock, RSUs, and deferred stock units granted and outstanding under our equity incentive plans as of March 2, 2012.

 

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Range of Exercise Prices

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Outstanding

as  of
March 2, 2012
(in thousands)
     Weighted Average
Remaining Contractual

Life
(in years)
     Weighted Average
Exercise Price
     Number
Exercisable

as  of
March 2, 2012
(in thousands)
     Weighted Average
Exercise Price
 

Under $10.00

     1,790         6.02       $ 3.71         1,336       $ 4.01   

$10.01 - $20.00

     6,387         2.97         13.72         5,152         14.19   

$20.01 - $30.00

     12,248         3.74         25.36         8,297         25.75   

$30.01 - $40.00

     14,510         4.04         33.69         8,779         34.63   

$40.01 - $50.00

     1,394         1.59         42.52         1,394         42.52   

$50.01 and above

     71         1.79         56.21         71         56.21   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

     36,404         3.75       $ 26.29         25,032       $ 26.35   

As of March 2, 2012, the sum of (i) total number of equity incentive awards granted and outstanding plus (ii) shares available for grant under all active plans (but not giving effect to the amendment and restatement of the 2008 Plan), as a percentage of our outstanding shares (also referred to as our “equity overhang”), was equal to 9.6%.

 

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The Board and the Compensation Committee review our equity program annually to ensure that we are balancing our goal to include the use of equity in our compensation programs to attract and motivate our employees with our interest and our stockholders’ interest in limiting dilution from our equity plans. The following table provides information on our annual share usage.

Run Rate (shares in millions)

 

     2009     2010     2011     3-Year
Average
 

Stock options granted (includes assumed options)

     9.88        8.43        8.42        8.91   

RSUs and restricted stock granted(1)

     23.96 (2)      15.84        21.64        20.48   

Total number of shares cancelled

     29.07 (3)      11.43        8.46        16.32   

Weighted average common shares outstanding

     1,290        1,306        1,293        1,296   

Net run rate(4)

     0.37 %(5)      0.98     1.67     1.01

Equity awards made to Named Executive Officers (as a percentage of equity awards granted under the 2008 Plan)

     6.68 %(6)      7.80     5.92     6.51

 

(1) Includes both time-based RSUs and performance-based RSUs granted in the respective period. Excludes performance-based RSUs earned during the respective period.
(2) Excludes approximately 5.0 million RSUs granted in connection with the one-time stock option exchange program completed in September 2009, or option exchange.
(3) Excludes approximately 42.6 million stock options accepted for exchange and cancelled in connection with the one-time option exchange.
(4) Net run rate is calculated as (a) all shares granted as RSUs or stock options, minus (b) the number of shares or options cancelled, divided by (c) the weighted average common shares outstanding. Excludes performance-based RSUs earned during the respective period.
(5) For 2009, the net run rate calculation excludes stock options cancelled, and new RSUs and new options issued, in connection with the one-time option exchange.
(6) For 2009, the calculation excludes approximately 5.0 million RSUs granted in connection with the one-time option exchange from the denominator.

A summary of the principal provisions of the 2008 Plan is set forth below. The description of the proposed amendment and restatement of our 2008 Plan is a summary and is qualified by and subject to the full text of the proposed amendment and restatement, which is attached to this proxy statement as Appendix A.

GENERAL

 

   

The 2008 Plan has a ten-year term from the date our stockholders approve the amendment and restatement of the 2008 Plan.

 

   

The 2008 Plan provides for the grant of stock options, both incentive stock options and nonqualified stock options, restricted stock, RSUs, stock appreciation rights, performance shares, performance stock units, dividend equivalents, stock payments, deferred stock units, other stock-based awards, and performance-based awards to eligible individuals.

 

   

Subject to stockholder approval of the amendment and restatement of the 2008 Plan, 121.5 million shares of common stock in the aggregate are authorized for issuance pursuant to awards under the 2008 Plan, of which 69.6 million shares remain eligible for future issuance. Under the amended and restated 2008 Plan, shares subject to awards other than full value awards, such as stock options and stock appreciation rights, granted on or after April 26, 2012 would count against all plan limits as 0.5587 shares for each share subject to the award, while shares subject to full value awards, such as restricted stock units and restricted stock, would count against the plan limits as 1.0 share for each share subject to the award. For comparative purposes only, this is intended to be identical to a request for approximately 71.5 million additional shares under a fungible (flexible) share

 

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plan in which shares subject to awards other than full value awards, such as stock options and stock appreciation rights, would count against all plan limits as 1.0 share for each share subject to the award, while shares subject to full value awards, such as restricted stock units and restricted stock, would count against the plan limits as 1.79 shares for each share subject to the award; assuming stockholder approval, this would have similarly resulted in 69.6 million full value awards (124.6 million shares divided by 1.79) being available for grant under the 2008 Plan as of March 2, 2012.

 

   

Subject to stockholder approval of the amendment and restatement of the 2008 Plan, the authorized shares of common stock under the 2008 Plan represent approximately 9.6% of the total outstanding shares of common stock as of March 2, 2012.

 

   

As of March 2, 2012, the closing price of our common stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market was $36.25 per share.

ADMINISTRATION

The 2008 Plan is administered by the Compensation Committee of our Board. The Compensation Committee may delegate to a committee of one or more members of our Board or one or more of our officers the authority to grant or amend awards to participants other than our senior executives who are subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act or employees who are “covered employees” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code, or Code. Pursuant to this provision, our Compensation Committee’s current practice is to delegate to our Chief Executive Officer the authority to determine and make most of the individual grants to our employees below the level of Senior Vice President within guidelines approved by the Compensation Committee. Unless otherwise determined by the Board, the Compensation Committee shall consist solely of two or more members of the Board, each of whom is an “outside director” within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code, a non-employee director, and an “independent director” under the rules of the Nasdaq Global Select Market (or other principal securities market on which shares of our common stock are traded).

The Compensation Committee has the exclusive authority to administer the 2008 Plan, including the power to determine eligibility, the types and sizes of awards, the price and timing of awards and the acceleration or waiver of any vesting restriction, as well as the authority to delegate such administrative responsibilities.

ELIGIBILITY

Persons eligible to participate in the 2008 Plan include all non-employee members of our Board (which will be ten directors following the Annual Meeting), approximately 28,000 employees of the company and its subsidiaries and affiliates, as determined by the Compensation Committee, and certain consultants. Mr. Omidyar has not received any grants under the 2008 Plan.

LIMITATION ON AWARDS AND SHARES AVAILABLE

Subject to stockholder approval of the amendment and restatement of the 2008 Plan, an aggregate of 121.5 million shares of common stock in the aggregate are authorized for issuance pursuant to the 2008 Plan, of which 69.6 million shares remain eligible for future issuance. The shares of common stock covered by the 2008 Plan may be treasury shares, authorized but unissued shares, or shares purchased in the open market. Under the amended and restated 2008 Plan, shares subject to awards other than full value awards, such as stock options and stock appreciation rights, granted on or after April 26, 2012 would count against all plan limits as 0.5587 shares for each share subject to the award, while shares subject to full value awards, such as restricted stock units and restricted stock, would count against the plan limits as 1.0 share for each share subject to the award.

To the extent that an award terminates, expires, or lapses for any reason, or an award is settled in cash without delivery of shares to the participant, then any shares subject to the award may be used again for new grants under the 2008 Plan. As amended, the 2008 Plan would provide that any shares tendered or withheld to

 

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satisfy the grant or exercise price or tax withholding obligation pursuant to any award may not be used again for new grants under the 2008 Plan. To the extent permitted by applicable law or any exchange rule, shares issued in assumption of, or in substitution for, any outstanding awards of any entity acquired in any form of combination by us or any of our subsidiaries or affiliates will not be counted against shares available for issuance under the 2008 Plan. The payment of cash dividend equivalents in conjunction with outstanding awards will not be counted against the shares available for issuance under the 2008 Plan.

The maximum number of shares of common stock that may be subject to one or more awards granted to any one participant pursuant to the 2008 Plan during any calendar year is two million shares and the maximum amount that may be paid in cash to a “covered employee” during any calendar year with respect to any performance bonus award is $3 million.

AWARDS

The 2008 Plan provides for the grant of incentive stock options, nonqualified stock options, restricted stock, RSUs, stock appreciation rights, performance shares, performance stock units, dividend equivalents, stock payments, deferred stock units, other stock-based awards, and performance-bonus awards. No determination has been made as to the types or amounts of awards that will be granted in the future to specific individuals pursuant to the 2008 Plan. See the description under the New Plan Benefits heading below or the Summary Compensation Table and Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table below for information on prior awards to our named executive officers identified in those tables.

Stock Options. Stock options, including incentive stock options, as defined under Section 422 of the Code, and nonqualified stock options may be granted pursuant to the 2008 Plan. The option exercise price of all stock options granted pursuant to the 2008 Plan will not be less than 100% of the fair market value of the common stock on the date of grant. Stock options may be exercised as determined by the Compensation Committee, but in no event may a stock option have a term extending beyond the tenth anniversary of the date of grant.

While we do not currently grant any incentive stock options and have no current intent to do so, to preserve maximum flexibility, the 2008 Plan allows us to grant incentive stock options. Incentive stock options granted to any person who owns, as of the date of grant, stock possessing more than ten percent of the total combined voting power of all classes of our stock, however, shall have an exercise price that is not less than 110% of the fair market value of the common stock on the date of grant and may not have a term extending beyond the fifth anniversary of the date of grant. The aggregate fair market value of the shares with respect to which options intended to be incentive stock options are exercisable for the first time by an employee in any calendar year may not exceed $100,000, or such other amount as the Code provides.

The Compensation Committee determines the methods by which an option holder may pay the exercise price of an option, or the related taxes, including, without limitation: (1) cash, (2) shares of common stock (including, in the case of payment of the exercise price of an award, shares of stock issuable pursuant to the exercise of the award) having a fair market value on the date of delivery equal to the aggregate payments required, or (3) other property acceptable to the Compensation Committee (including through the delivery of a notice that the award holder has placed a market sell order with a broker with respect to shares of common stock then issuable upon exercise or vesting of an award, and that the broker has been directed to pay a sufficient portion of the net proceeds of the sale to us in satisfaction of the aggregate payments required; provided that payment of such proceeds is then made to us upon settlement of such sale). However, no participant who is a member of the Board or an “executive officer” of the company within the meaning of Section 13(k) of the Exchange Act will be permitted to pay the exercise price of an option in any method which would violate the prohibitions on loans made or arranged by us as set forth in Section 13(k) of the Exchange Act.

Restricted Stock Units. RSUs may be granted pursuant to the 2008 Plan. An RSU award provides for the issuance of common stock at a future date upon the satisfaction of specific conditions set forth in the applicable award agreement. The vesting and maturity dates will be established at the time of grant, and may provide for the

 

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deferral of receipt of the common stock beyond the vesting date. On the maturity date, we will transfer to the participant one unrestricted, fully transferable share of common stock for each RSU scheduled to be paid out on such date and not previously forfeited (subject to applicable tax withholding requirements). The Compensation Committee will specify the purchase price, if any, to be paid by the participant to us for such shares of common stock. RSUs may constitute, or provide for a deferral of compensation, subject to Section 409A of the Code and there may be certain tax consequences if the requirements of Section 409A of the Code are not met. The tax consequences for RSUs outside of the U.S. may differ from the U.S. federal income tax consequences described in the preceding sentence.

Restricted Stock. Restricted stock may be granted pursuant to the 2008 Plan. A restricted stock award is the grant of shares of common stock at a price determined by the Compensation Committee (including zero), that is nontransferable and may be subject to substantial risk of forfeiture until specific conditions are met. Conditions may be based on continuing employment or achieving performance goals. During the period of restriction, participants holding shares of restricted stock may have full voting and dividend rights with respect to such shares. The restrictions will lapse in accordance with a schedule or other conditions determined by the Compensation Committee.

Additional Awards. The other types of equity awards that may be granted under the 2008 Plan include performance shares, performance stock units, dividend equivalents, deferred stock units, stock appreciation rights (with a term of up to ten years from the date of grant) and other stock-based awards.

Performance bonus awards may also be granted pursuant to the 2008 Plan. Performance bonus awards are cash bonuses payable upon the attainment of pre-established performance goals based on established performance criteria and are intended to be performance-based awards within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code. The goals are established and evaluated by the Compensation Committee and may relate to performance over any periods as determined by the Compensation Committee. The following is a brief discussion of the requirements for awards, including performance bonus awards, to be treated as performance-based awards within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code.

The Compensation Committee may grant awards to employees who are or may be “covered employees,” as defined in Section 162(m) of the Code, that are intended to be performance-based awards within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code in order to preserve the deductibility of these awards for federal income tax. Under the 2008 Plan, these performance-based awards may be either equity awards or performance bonus awards. Participants are entitled to receive payment for a performance-based award for any given performance period only to the extent that pre-established performance goals set by the Board for the period are satisfied. These pre-established performance goals are based on one or more of the following types of performance criteria:

 

   

volume criteria (including trading volume, gross merchandise volume, and total payment volume)

 

   

users

 

   

revenue

 

   

income criteria (including operating income, EBITDA, net earnings (either before or after interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization), net income (either before or after taxes), earnings per share, and earnings using a non-GAAP measurement)

 

   

multiples of price-to-earnings

 

   

multiples of price-to-earnings to growth

 

   

return criteria (including return on net assets, return on gross assets, return on equity, return on invested capital, stock price appreciation, and total stockholder return)

 

   

stock price

 

   

margin criteria (including net margins and operating margins)

 

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economic profit

 

   

employee productivity

 

   

customer satisfaction metrics

 

   

market share

 

   

employee engagement/satisfaction metrics

Any of the above criteria may be measured with respect to us, or any subsidiary, affiliate or other business unit of ours, either in absolute terms, terms of growth or as compared to any incremental increase, as compared to results of a peer group and either in accordance with, or not in accordance with, GAAP. The Compensation Committee defines in an objective fashion the manner of calculating the performance criteria it selects to use for such awards. With regard to a particular performance period, the Compensation Committee will have the discretion to select the length of the performance period, the type of performance-based awards to be granted, and the goals that will be used to measure the performance for the period. In determining the actual size of an individual performance-based award for a performance period, the Compensation Committee may reduce or eliminate (but not increase) the initial award. Generally, a participant will have to be employed by or providing services to the company on the date the performance-based award is paid to be eligible for a performance-based award for any period.

ADJUSTMENT PROVISIONS

Certain transactions with our stockholders not involving our receipt of consideration, such as a stock split, spin-off, stock dividend or certain recapitalizations may affect the share price of our common stock (which transactions are referred to collectively as “equity restructurings”). In the event that an equity restructuring occurs, the Board will equitably adjust the class of shares issuable and the maximum number of shares of our stock subject to the 2008 Plan, as well as the maximum number of shares that may be issued to an employee during any calendar year, and will equitably adjust outstanding awards as to the class, number of shares and price per share of our stock. Other types of transactions may also affect our common stock, such as a dividend or other distribution, reorganization, merger, or other changes in corporate structure. In the event that there is such a transaction, which is not an equity restructuring, and the Board determines that an adjustment to the plan and any outstanding awards would be appropriate to prevent any dilution or enlargement of benefits under the 2008 Plan, the Board will equitably adjust the 2008 Plan as to the class of shares issuable and the maximum number of shares of our stock subject to the 2008 Plan, as well as the maximum number of shares that may be issued to an employee during any calendar year, and will adjust any outstanding awards as to the class, number of shares, and price per share of our stock in such manner as it may deem equitable.

EFFECT OF CERTAIN CORPORATE TRANSACTIONS

Outstanding awards do not automatically terminate in the event of a change in control. A “change in control” generally means a sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of our assets, a merger or consolidation in which we are not the surviving corporation, or a reverse merger in which we are the surviving corporation but the shares of our stock outstanding immediately preceding the merger are converted by virtue of the merger into other property. In the event of a change in control, any surviving corporation or acquiring corporation must either assume or continue outstanding awards or substitute similar awards. If it does not do so, then with respect to awards held by participants whose service has not terminated, the vesting of such awards (and, if applicable, the time during which such awards may be exercised) will be accelerated in full and all forfeiture restrictions on such awards shall lapse. The unexercised portion of all outstanding awards may terminate upon the change in control. The acceleration of an award in the event of a change in control may be viewed as an anti-takeover provision, which may have the effect of discouraging a proposal to acquire or otherwise obtain control of us.

 

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AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION

The Compensation Committee, subject to approval of the Board, may terminate, amend, or modify the 2008 Plan at any time; however, stockholder approval will be obtained for any amendment (1) to the extent necessary and desirable to comply with any applicable law, regulation or stock exchange rule, (2) to increase the number of shares available under the 2008 Plan, (3) to permit the Compensation Committee or the Board to grant options with a price below fair market value on the date of grant, or (4) to extend the exercise period for an option or stock appreciation right beyond ten years from the date of grant. In addition, absent stockholder approval, no option may be amended to reduce the per share exercise price of the shares subject to such option below the per share exercise price as of the date the option was granted and, except to the extent permitted by the 2008 Plan in connection with certain changes in capital structure, no option may be granted in exchange for, or in connection with, the cancellation or surrender of an option having a higher per share exercise price.

In no event may an award be granted pursuant to the 2008 Plan on or after the tenth anniversary of the date the stockholders approve the amended and restated 2008 Plan.

U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSEQUENCES

The following is a general summary under current law of the material federal income tax consequences to participants in the 2008 Plan. This summary deals with the general tax principles that apply and is provided only for general information. Certain types of taxes, such as state and local income taxes, are not discussed. Tax laws are complex and subject to change and may vary depending on individual circumstances and from locality to locality. The summary does not discuss all aspects of income taxation that may be relevant to a participant in light of his or her personal investment circumstances. This summarized tax information is not tax advice.

With respect to nonqualified stock options, we are generally entitled to deduct and the optionee recognizes taxable income in an amount equal to the difference between the option exercise price and the fair market value of the purchased shares at the time of exercise. A participant receiving incentive stock options will not recognize taxable income upon grant or at the time of exercise. However, the excess of the fair market value of the common stock received over the option price is an item of tax preference income potentially subject to the alternative minimum tax. If stock acquired upon exercise of an incentive stock option is held for a minimum of two years from the date of grant and one year from the date of exercise, the gain or loss (in an amount equal to the difference between the fair market value on the date of sale and the exercise price) upon disposition of the stock will be treated as a long-term capital gain or loss, and we will not be entitled to any deduction. If the holding period requirements are not met, the incentive stock option will be treated as one that does not meet the requirements of the Code for incentive stock options, and in the year of the disposition the participant will recognize compensation taxable as ordinary income in an amount equal to the lesser of (1) the actual gain realized upon the disposition (i.e., the sale price minus the exercise price) or (2) the fair market value of the shares on the date of exercise over the exercise price, and we generally will be entitled to a corresponding deduction.

The current U.S. federal income tax consequences of other awards authorized under the 2008 Plan generally follow certain basic patterns: stock appreciation rights are taxed and deductible in substantially the same manner as nonqualified stock options; nontransferable restricted stock subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture results in income recognition equal to the excess of the fair market value of the shares over the price paid, if any, only at the time the restrictions lapse (unless the recipient elects to accelerate recognition as of the date of grant); RSUs, stock-based performance awards, dividend equivalents and other types of awards are generally subject to tax at the time of payment. Compensation otherwise effectively deferred is taxed when paid. In each of the foregoing cases, we will generally have a corresponding deduction at the time the participant recognizes income, subject to Section 162(m) of the Code with respect to covered employees.

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$1 million. It is possible that compensation attributable to awards under the 2008 Plan, when combined with all other types of compensation received by a covered employee from us, may cause this limitation to be exceeded in any particular year.

Certain kinds of compensation, including qualified “performance-based compensation,” are disregarded for purposes of the deduction limitation. In accordance with U.S. Treasury Regulations issued under Section 162(m), compensation attributable to stock awards will generally qualify as performance-based compensation if (1) the award is granted by a compensation committee composed solely of two or more “outside directors,” (2) the plan contains a per-employee limitation on the number of awards which may be granted during a specified period, (3) the plan is approved by the stockholders, and (4) under the terms of the award, the amount of compensation an employee could receive is based solely on an increase in the value of the stock after the date of the grant (which requires that the exercise price of the option is not less than the fair market value of the stock on the date of grant), and for awards other than options, established performance criteria that must be met before the award actually will vest or be paid.

The 2008 Plan is designed to meet the requirements of Section 162(m); however, full value awards granted under the 2008 Plan will be treated as qualified performance-based compensation under Section 162(m) only if the full value awards and the procedures associated with them comply with all other requirements of Section 162(m). We cannot assure you that compensation attributable to options and full value awards granted under the 2008 Plan will be treated as qualified performance-based compensation under Section 162(m) and thus be deductible to us.

The tax consequences for equity awards outside of the U.S. may differ from the U.S. federal income tax consequences described above.

NEW PLAN BENEFITS

Awards are subject to the discretion of the Compensation Committee. Therefore, it is not possible to determine the benefits that will be received in the future by participants in the 2008 Plan. As of March 2, 2012, since the inception of the 2008 Plan, we had made the following equity grants under the 2008 Plan:

 

     Number of Equity
Awards
Granted Under
2008 Plan*
 

John J. Donahoe

     870,711   

Robert H. Swan

     458,527   

Christopher D. Saridakis

     254,915   

Devin N. Wenig

     246,437   

Mark T. Carges

     450,971   

All executive officers as a group

     3,179,761   

All non-employee directors as a group

     9,700   

All non-executive officer employees as a group

     70,817,895   

 

* Represents grants of RSUs (except for options for 2,394,188 shares issued to all non-executive officer employees as a group).

VOTE REQUIRED

The affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of common stock present in person or represented by proxy, and entitled to vote on the proposal at the Annual Meeting is required for approval of the amendment and restatement of the 2008 Plan.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS

A VOTE FOR IN FAVOR OF PROPOSAL 3

 

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PROPOSAL 4

APPROVAL OF OUR EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLAN

We are asking you to adopt and approve our Employee Stock Purchase Plan, or the Purchase Plan. The Board believes that the adoption and approval of the Purchase Plan is advisable and in the best interests of our stockholders. The Board, upon the recommendation of the Compensation Committee, unanimously approved the Purchase Plan on March 6, 2012, and recommends that the Company’s stockholders adopt and approve the Purchase Plan. Subject to stockholder approval, the Purchase Plan will become effective on November 1, 2012.

If approved, the Purchase Plan will amend and restate our 1998 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, or the 1998 Purchase Plan, which we have made available to our employees since our common stock was initially listed for trading in connection with our initial public offering. We are proposing that the Purchase Plan amend and restate the 1998 Purchase Plan because the shares of our common stock currently reserved under the 1998 Purchase Plan will be insufficient for future offering periods under the 1998 Purchase Plan. In addition, we have determined that certain administrative provisions should be updated, primarily those that relate to the coverage of employees in our non-U.S. locations. Approval of the Purchase Plan will allow us to continue to make stock purchase benefits available to eligible employees. The Board continues to believe that the Purchase Plan is necessary to assist in the retention of current employees and hiring of new employees, and to continue to provide our employees with an incentive to contribute to our success by providing an opportunity to acquire shares of our common stock.

A summary of the Purchase Plan is set forth below. The description of the Purchase Plan is a summary and is qualified by and subject to the full text of the Purchase Plan, which is attached to this proxy statement as Appendix B.

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Purchase Plan is to provide our employees with a convenient means of purchasing shares of our common stock and thereby to enhance their sense of participation in the affairs of the company. The Purchase Plan enables our eligible employees and the employees of our subsidiaries and affiliates to purchase, through payroll deductions, shares of our common stock at a discount from the market price of the stock at the time of purchase. The Purchase Plan includes two components. One component, which we refer to as the 423 component, is intended to qualify as an employee stock purchase plan within the meaning of Section 423 of the Code and generally covers our U.S. employees, while the second component, which we refer to as the non-423 component, is not intended to qualify under Section 423 of the Code, and generally covers certain of our non-U.S. employees.

ADMINISTRATION

The Compensation Committee of the Board will administer the Purchase Plan, but is authorized to delegate its duties and authority to officers and employees of the company, as appropriate. All determinations and decisions by the Compensation Committee regarding the interpretation or application of the Purchase Plan shall be final and binding on all Purchase Plan participants. The Board and Compensation Committee are also authorized to adopt, amend and rescind rules or procedures relating to the administration of the Purchase Plan to accommodate the specific requirements of local laws and procedures. The Board or the Compensation Committee may also adopt sub-plans applicable to particular participating subsidiaries and affiliates which may be designed to be outside the scope of Section 423 of the Code.

ELIGIBILITY

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offering period after they become eligible to participate in the Purchase Plan. However, no employee is eligible to participate in the Purchase Plan if, immediately after the election to participate, such employee would own stock (including stock such employee may purchase under outstanding rights under the Purchase Plan) representing 5% or more of the total combined voting power or value of all classes of our stock or the stock of any of any parent or subsidiary corporations. In addition, no employee is permitted to participate if the rights of the employee to purchase our common stock under the Purchase Plan and all similar purchase plans maintained by us or our subsidiaries would accrue at a rate which exceeds $25,000 of the fair market value of such stock (determined at the time the right is granted) for each calendar year. As of December 31, 2011, we and our consolidated subsidiaries employed approximately 26,600 people (excluding approximately 1,100 temporary employees), of whom approximately 20,000 were eligible to participate in the 1998 Purchase Plan.

STOCK SUBJECT TO THE PURCHASE PLAN

If approved, the Purchase Plan would reserve an aggregate of 35 million shares of our common stock for issuance under the Purchase Plan.

ENROLLMENT

Eligible employees become participants in the Purchase Plan by completing a subscription agreement and filing it with us no later than five business days before the beginning of each offering period (unless the Compensation Committee has set a later time for the filing of such subscription agreement). By enrolling in the Purchase Plan, a participant is deemed to have elected to purchase the maximum number of whole shares of our common stock that can be purchased with the compensation withheld during each purchase period within the offering period for which the participant is enrolled.

TERMS

Offerings; Purchase Dates. Under the 423 component of the Purchase Plan, an offering period will last for 24 months, comprised of four six-month purchase periods. Purchases will be made four times during each offering period on the last trading day of each purchase period, and the dates of such purchases shall be “purchase dates.” A new purchase period will begin the day after a purchase date. A new twenty-four month offering period will commence on each May 1st and November 1st during the term of the Purchase Plan. Under the non-423 component of the Purchase Plan, an offering period will last for six months, and is comprised of only one purchase period. Purchases will be made on the last trading day of the purchase period, and a new offering period and purchase period will begin the day after a purchase date. Our Compensation Committee may change the frequency and duration of offering periods and purchase dates under the Purchase Plan.

If the fair market value per share of our common stock on any purchase date in the 423 component of the Purchase Plan is less than the fair market value per share on the start date of the 24-month offering period, then that offering period will automatically terminate, and a new 24-month offering period will begin on the next trading day. All participants in the terminated offering period will be transferred to the new offering period.

Price and Payment. Employees electing to participate in the Purchase Plan will authorize us to automatically deduct after-tax dollars from each compensation payment until the employee instructs us to stop the deductions or until the employee’s employment is terminated. Participants may contribute between 2% and 10% (in whole percentages) of their compensation through payroll deductions, and the accumulated deductions will be applied to the purchase of whole shares on each semi-annual purchase date. Compensation for purposes of the Purchase Plan includes the following forms of cash compensation paid to or earned by an employee: base wages, salary, overtime, performance or merit bonuses, commissions, shift differentials, language differentials, payments for paid time off and holidays, sabbatical pay, payments in lieu of notice, travel pay, retroactive pay, on-call/standby pay, hazard pay, bereavement pay, jury/witness duty pay, pay during a period of suspension, military leave pay, compensation deferred pursuant to Section 401(k) or Section 125 of the Code, distributions

 

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under any nonqualified deferred compensation plan, retention bonuses and any other compensation or remuneration that the Compensation Committee or the Board approves as “compensation” in accordance with Section 423 of the Code.

The purchase price per share will be equal to 85% of the fair market value per share on the participant’s entry date into the offering period or, if lower, 85% of the fair market value per share on the semi-annual purchase date.

The maximum number of shares which may be purchased by any employee on any single purchase date is 5,000 shares.

The fair market value of a share of our common stock on any date will equal the closing price of a share of common stock on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on the date of determination, as reported in The Wall Street Journal or such other source as our Compensation Committee deems reliable. On March 2, 2012, the closing price of our common stock as reported on the Nasdaq Global Select Market was $36.25 per share.

Termination of Participation. Employees may end their participation in an offering at any time at least 15 business days before a purchase date, and participation ends automatically on termination of employment with us or one of our subsidiaries or affiliates or failure to qualify as an eligible employee. Upon such termination of the employee’s participation in the Purchase Plan, such employee’s payroll deductions not already used to purchase stock under the Purchase Plan will be returned to the employee.

ADJUSTMENT PROVISIONS

Certain transactions with our stockholders not involving our receipt of consideration, such as a stock split, spin-off, stock dividend, or certain recapitalizations, may affect the share price of our common stock. We refer to these transactions as equity restructurings. In the event that an equity restructuring occurs, the Board will equitably adjust the class of shares issuable and the maximum number of shares of our stock subject to the Purchase Plan, and will equitably adjust any rights outstanding as to the class, number of shares and price per share of our stock. Other types of transactions may also affect our common stock, such as a dividend or other distribution, reorganization, merger, or other changes in corporate structure. In the event that there is such a transaction that is not an equity restructuring, and the Board determines that an adjustment to the Purchase Plan and any rights outstanding would be appropriate to prevent any dilution or enlargement of benefits under the Purchase Plan, the Board will equitably adjust the Purchase Plan as to the class of shares issuable and the maximum number of shares of our stock subject to the Purchase Plan, as well as the maximum number of shares that may be purchased by an employee, and will adjust any rights outstanding as to the class, number of shares and price per share of our stock in such manner as it may deem equitable.

In the event we merge with or into another corporation in which we do not survive or in which we survive but our stockholders cease to own our shares, or we sell all or substantially all of our assets or more than 50% of our shares are sold in a tender offer or similar transaction, the outstanding rights under the Purchase Plan will continue unless otherwise provided by the compensation committee.

In the event of our proposed dissolution or liquidation, the offering period then in progress will be shortened by setting a new purchase date, and shall terminate immediately prior to the consummation of such proposed dissolution or liquidation, unless our compensation committee provides otherwise in its sole discretion.

AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION OF THE PURCHASE PLAN

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of its adoption by the Board if such amendment increases the number of shares that may be issued under the Purchase Plan or changes the designation of the corporations whose employees (or class of employees) are eligible to participate in the Purchase Plan.

Without stockholder consent and without regard to whether any participant rights may be considered to have been “adversely affected,” the Board is entitled to make such amendments to the Purchase Plan as it determines are advisable if the continuation of the Purchase Plan or any offering period would result in financial accounting treatment for the Purchase Plan that is different from the financial accounting treatment in effect on the date the Purchase Plan was initially adopted by the Board.

FEDERAL INCOME TAX INFORMATION

The following is a general summary under current law of the material federal income tax consequences to participants in the Purchase Plan. This summary deals with the general tax principles that apply and is provided only for general information. Certain types of taxes, such as state and local income taxes, are not discussed. Tax laws are complex and subject to change and may vary depending on individual circumstances and from locality to locality. The summary does not discuss all aspects of income taxation that may be relevant to a participant in light of his or her personal investment circumstances. This summarized tax information is not tax advice.

The Purchase Plan, and the right of participants to make purchases thereunder, is intended to qualify under the provisions of Section 423 of the Code. The Purchase Plan is not subject to any provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Under the applicable Code provisions, no income will be taxable to a participant until the sale or other disposition of the shares purchased under the Purchase Plan. Upon such sale or disposition, the participant will generally be subject to tax in an amount that depends upon the holding period. If the shares are sold or disposed of more than two years from the first day of the offering period and one year from the date of purchase, the participant will recognize ordinary income measured as the lesser of (1) the excess of the fair market value of the shares at the time of such sale or disposition over the purchase price or (2) an amount equal to 15% of the fair market value of the shares as of the first day of the offering period. Any additional gain will be treated as long-term capital gain. If the shares held for the periods described above are sold and the sale price is less than the purchase price, there is no ordinary income and the participating employee has a long-term capital loss equal to the difference between the sale price and the purchase price. If the shares are sold or otherwise disposed of before the expiration of the holding periods described above, the participant will recognize ordinary income generally measured as the excess of the fair market value of the shares on the date the shares are purchased over the purchase price. Any additional gain or loss on such sale or disposition will be long-term or short-term capital gain or loss, depending on the capital gain holding period. We are not entitled to a deduction for amounts taxed as ordinary income or capital gain to a participant except to the extent of ordinary income recognized upon a sale or disposition of shares prior to the expiration of the holding periods described above. We will treat any transfer of record ownership of shares as a disposition, unless we are notified to the contrary. In order to enable us to learn of dispositions prior to the expiration of the holding periods described above and ascertain the amount of the deductions to which we are entitled, participating employees will be required to notify us in writing of the date and terms of any disposition of shares purchased under the Purchase Plan.

NEW PLAN BENEFITS

The amounts of future stock purchases under the Purchase Plan are not determinable because, under the terms of the Purchase Plan, purchases are based upon elections made by participants. Future purchase prices are not determinable because they are based upon fair market value of our common stock.

 

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VOTE REQUIRED

The affirmative vote of a majority of the shares of common stock present in person or represented by proxy, and entitled to vote on the proposal at the Annual Meeting is required for approval of the Purchase Plan.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS

A VOTE FOR IN FAVOR OF PROPOSAL 4

 

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PROPOSAL 5

ADOPTION AND APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO OUR

AMENDED AND RESTATED CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

TO DECLASSIFY OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND

PROVIDE FOR THE ANNUAL ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

We are asking you to adopt and approve an amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to declassify the Board. The Board believes that declassification of our Board is advisable and in the best interests of our stockholders. The Board, upon the recommendation of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, has unanimously approved the proposed amendment, and recommends that the Company’s stockholders adopt and approve the proposed amendment.

Our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation currently provides that the Board shall be divided into three classes, with members of each class of directors serving a three-year term. The classification of the Board results in staggered elections, with a different class of directors standing for election every third year. Any additional director of any class elected to fill a newly created Board seat or a vacancy in that class holds office for a term that coincides with the remaining term of that class.

The Board and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee regularly review our corporate governance policies and practices. As disclosed in our 2011 Proxy Statement, as part of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee’s continuing review, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee recommended, and the Board decided to conduct, a full review regarding the potential declassification of the Board and moving to annual elections of all directors. Following the completion of that review, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee recommended to the Board in June 2011 that a proposal to declassify the Board be submitted to stockholders at the next annual meeting. In considering whether declassification of the Board was advisable, the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee evaluated the advantages and disadvantages of maintaining a classified board structure, and determined that implementing annual elections of directors would be in the best interests of the Company and our stockholders as (i) precatory stockholder proposals to declassify boards are commonplace and we have received and expect to receive in the future such proposals, (ii) such proposals generally receive substantially more than a majority of votes cast, and (iii) our Board believes that unilaterally declassifying our Board is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders at this point in its life. The Board, upon the recommendation of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, has unanimously approved the proposed amendment, and recommends that the Company’s stockholders adopt and approve the proposed amendment.

If the amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation is adopted and approved by the stockholders, the declassification of our Board would be phased in commencing with the 2013 annual meeting of stockholders, and would result in the Board being fully declassified (and all Board members standing for annual elections) commencing with the 2015 annual meeting of stockholders

To comply with Delaware law, the amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation would not change the unexpired three-year terms of directors elected prior to the effectiveness of the amendment (including directors elected at the 2012 annual meeting). Accordingly, the three-year term for directors elected at the 2010 annual meeting of stockholders will expire at the 2013 annual meeting of stockholders, the three-year term for directors elected at the 2011 annual meeting of stockholders will expire at the 2014 annual meeting of stockholders, and the three-year term for directors elected at this annual meeting of stockholders will expire at the 2015 annual meeting of stockholders.

The table below summarizes the implementation of the declassification of our Board pursuant to the proposed amendment:

 

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Annual Meeting Year

   Length of Term
for Directors
Elected
     Year that
Term Would
Expire
 

2012

     Three Years         2015   

2013

     Two Years         2015   

2014

     One Year         2015   

2015 and thereafter

     Annual Election         One year later   

The description of the proposed amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation is a summary and is qualified by and subject to the full text of the proposed amendment, which is attached to this proxy statement as Appendix C. Additions of text to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation contained in Appendix C are indicated by underlining and deletions of text are indicated by strike-outs.

In addition, the Board, upon recommendation of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, has provisionally approved amendments to our bylaws to implement the proposed declassification of the Board. Under Delaware law, stockholders may only remove directors of corporations with classified boards “for cause.” Accordingly, our directors are currently removable only “for cause” by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of the Company entitled to vote at an election of directors, and our stockholders are currently precluded from removing any director from office without cause. If the proposed amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation is approved, our bylaws would be amended to provide that until the 2015 annual meeting of stockholders, a director may be removed by the stockholders only “for cause.” Consistent with Delaware law, our bylaws would further provide that following the 2015 annual stockholder meeting (at which point the Board will be fully declassified), a director may be removed by our stockholders, with or without cause, by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of the Company entitled to vote at an election of directors.

The description of the proposed amendments to our bylaws is a summary, and is qualified by and subject to the full text of the proposed amendments, which is attached to this proxy statement as Appendix C. Additions of text to our bylaws contained in Appendix C, are indicated by underlying and deletions of text are indicated by strike-outs.

If the proposal to amend our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to declassify our Board is approved by our stockholders, the Board will amend and restate our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to reflect the revisions set forth in Appendix C, and the resulting Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation will be filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware shortly after the annual meeting. If the proposed amendment is not adopted and approved, our Board will remain classified.

The affirmative vote of at least a majority of the shares of our common stock outstanding on the record date is required for the approval of the proposal to amend our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS

A VOTE FOR IN FAVOR OF PROPOSAL 5

 

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PROPOSAL 6

ADOPTION AND APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE COMPANY’S AMENDED AND RESTATED CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION TO PROVIDE STOCKHOLDERS WITH THE RIGHT TO CALL A SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

We are asking you to adopt and approve an amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to add a right permitting stockholders who have held at least a 25% “net long position” in our outstanding common stock for at least 30 days to call a special meeting of stockholders, subject to the conditions set forth in our bylaws, as described below. The Board believes that permitting stockholders who have held at least a 25% “net long position” in our outstanding common stock for at least 30 days with the ability to call a special meeting of stockholders is in the best interests of our stockholders. The Board, upon the recommendation of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, has unanimously approved the proposed amendment and recommends that the Company’s stockholders adopt and approve the proposed amendment.

Our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation currently provides that only the Chairman of the Board, the Chief Executive Officer or a majority of the number of authorized members of the Board may call a special meeting of our stockholders. The Board and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee regularly review our corporate governance policies and practices and have carefully considered the implications of amending our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to allow stockholders to call a special meeting of stockholders. The Board and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee support the concept of providing stockholders with the right to request special meetings, provided that the meeting is called by stockholders owning (in an economic sense) a significant percentage of the shares of the Company. They believe that establishing a 25% ownership threshold to request a special meeting strikes a reasonable balance between enhancing stockholder rights and protecting against the risk that a small minority of stockholders, including stockholders with special interests, could call one or more special meetings that could result in unnecessary financial expense and disruption to our business. The Board believes that special meetings should only be called to consider extraordinary events that are of interest to a broad base of stockholders and that cannot be delayed until the next annual meeting. Additionally, preparing for a stockholder meeting requires significant attention of our directors, officers and employees, diverting their attention away from performing their primary function of operating the Company’s business in the best interests of our stockholders. Likewise, the Board believes that only stockholders with a true economic and non-transitory interest in the Company should be entitled to utilize the special meeting mechanism.

Establishing a 25% threshold for the right of stockholders to call a special meeting provides stockholders with a meaningful ability to request that the Board call a special meeting, while helping protect against these concerns. Additionally, by reference to Rule 14e-4 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the proposed amendment would require that stockholders requesting a special meeting hold the requisite stock ownership percent in a “net long position.” A stockholder’s “net long position” is the amount of our shares of common stock in which the stockholder holds a positive (also known as “long”) economic interest, reduced by the amount of our shares of common stock which the stockholder holds a negative (also known as “short”) economic interest. Taking into account the extent to which stockholders requesting a special meeting hedge their shares (or otherwise reduce or offset their economic exposure in their shares) and how long they have held those shares ensures that on balance, stockholders seeking to call a special meeting share the same economic interest in the Company as the majority of stockholders. Requiring that stockholders have held their shares for at least 30 days, helps to ensure that their economic interest in the Company’s affairs is more than transitory.

The description of the proposed amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation is a summary, and is qualified by and subject to the full text of the proposed amendment, which is attached to this proxy statement as Appendix D. Additions of text to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation contained in Appendix D are indicated by underlining and deletions of text are indicated by strike-outs.

 

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In addition, the Board, upon recommendation of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, has provisionally approved amendments to our bylaws to allow stockholders to call a special meeting of stockholders. The amendments to our bylaws are subject to stockholder approval of the proposed amendment to our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation. Under the proposed amendments to our bylaws, subject to the notice, information and other requirements set forth therein, a special meeting of stockholders may be called upon receipt by the Company’s Secretary of a written request from one or more stockholders of record who have continuously held at least a 25% “net long position” of our outstanding common stock for at least 30 days prior to the date such request is delivered to the Company’s Secretary. The proposed amendments to our bylaws also contain various exceptions and timing mechanisms that are intended to avoid the cost and disruption that would result from multiple stockholder meetings being held in a short time period.

The description of the proposed amendments to our bylaws is a summary, and is qualified by and subject to the full text of the proposed amendments, which is attached to this proxy statement as Appendix D. Additions of text to our bylaws contained in Appendix D are indicated by underlining and deletions of text are indicated by strike-outs.

If the proposal to amend our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to implement the right of stockholders to call a special meeting is approved by our stockholders, the Board will amend and restate our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation to reflect the revisions set forth in Appendix D, and the resulting Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation will be filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware shortly after the annual meeting. If this proposal to amend our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation is not adopted and approved, stockholders will not be permitted to request a special meeting of stockholders.

The affirmative vote of at least a majority of the shares of our common stock outstanding on the record date is required for the approval of the proposal to amend our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS

A VOTE FOR IN FAVOR OF PROPOSAL 6

 

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PROPOSAL 7

RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT AUDITORS

We have appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, or PwC, as our independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2012. We are submitting our appointment of independent auditors for ratification by the stockholders at the Annual Meeting. PwC has audited our historical consolidated financial statements for all annual periods since our incorporation in 1996. We expect that representatives of PwC will be present at the Annual Meeting, will have an opportunity to make a statement if they wish, and will be available to respond to appropriate questions.

Our Bylaws do not require that the stockholders ratify the appointment of PwC as our independent auditors. However, we are submitting the appointment of PwC to the stockholders for ratification as a matter of good corporate practice. If the stockholders do not ratify the appointment, the Board and the Audit Committee will reconsider whether or not to retain PwC. Even if the appointment is ratified, the Audit Committee, in its discretion, may change the appointment at any time during the year if it determines that such a change would be in the best interests of eBay and our stockholders.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE AUDIT COMMITTEE RECOMMEND

A VOTE IN FAVOR OF PROPOSAL 7.

AUDIT AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL FEES

During the fiscal years ended December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, fees for services provided by PwC were as follows (in thousands):

 

     Year Ended
December 31,
 
     2011      2010  

Audit Fees

   $ 8,775       $   7,508   

Audit-Related Fees

     1,871         939   

Tax Fees

     900         17   

All Other Fees

     645         315   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 12,191       $ 8,779   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

“Audit Fees” consist of fees incurred for services rendered for the audit of eBay’s annual financial statements, review of financial statements included in eBay’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, other services normally provided in connection with statutory and regulatory filings, for attestation services related to compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and services rendered in connection with securities offerings. “Audit-Related Fees” consist of fees billed for due diligence procedures in connection with acquisitions, divestitures, and consultation regarding financial accounting and reporting matters.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, “Tax Fees” consist of fees billed for transfer pricing consulting services rendered in connection the company’s cost center allocation project, a transfer pricing benchmark analysis, and tax compliance services. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, “Tax Fees” consist of transfer pricing consulting services rendered in connection the company’s cost center allocation project.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, “All Other Fees” consist of fees billed for a merchant retention analysis project and a product and pricing study related to certain Asia-Pacific markets. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, “All Other Fees” consist of fees billed for work relating to a product and pricing study related to certain Asia-Pacific markets, a merchant marketing strategy project, and a digital goods industry study.

 

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The Audit Committee has determined that the non-audit services rendered by PwC were compatible with maintaining their independence. All such non-audit services were pre-approved pursuant to the pre-approval policy set forth below.

AUDIT COMMITTEE PRE-APPROVAL POLICY

The Audit Committee has adopted a policy requiring the pre-approval of any non-audit engagement of PwC. In the event that we wish to engage PwC to perform accounting, technical, diligence, or other permitted services not related to the services performed by PwC as our independent registered public accounting firm, our internal finance personnel will prepare a summary of the proposed engagement, detailing the nature of the engagement, the reasons why PwC is the preferred provider of such services, and the estimated duration and cost of the engagement. The report will be provided to our Audit Committee or a designated committee member, who will evaluate whether the proposed engagement will interfere with the independence of PwC in the performance of its auditing services.

AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

We constitute the Audit Committee of the Board. The Audit Committee’s responsibility is to provide assistance and guidance to the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities to eBay’s stockholders with respect to (1) eBay’s corporate accounting and reporting practices, (2) eBay’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, (3) the independent auditors’ qualifications and independence, (4) the performance of eBay’s internal audit function and independent auditors, (5) the quality and integrity of eBay’s financial statements and reports, (6) reviewing and approving all audit engagement fees and terms, as well as all non-audit engagements with the independent auditors, and (7) producing this report. The Audit Committee members are not professional accountants or auditors and these functions are not intended to replace or duplicate the activities of management or the independent auditors. Management has primary responsibility for preparing the financial statements and designing and assessing the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting. Management and the internal auditing department are responsible for maintaining appropriate accounting and financial reporting principles and policies and internal controls and procedures that provide for compliance with accounting standards and applicable laws and regulations. PwC, eBay’s independent auditors, are responsible for planning and carrying out an audit of eBay’s financial statements in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) and eBay’s internal control over financial reporting, expressing an opinion on the conformity of eBay’s audited financial statements with generally accepted accounting principles as well as the effectiveness of eBay’s internal control over financial reporting, reviewing eBay’s quarterly financial statements prior to the filing of each quarterly report on Form 10-Q, and other procedures.

During 2011 and in early 2012, in connection with the preparation of eBay’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and in fulfillment of our oversight responsibilities, we did the following, among other things:

 

   

discussed with PwC the overall scope of and plans for their audit;

 

   

reviewed, upon completion of the audit, the financial statements to be included in the Form 10-K and management’s report on internal control over financial reporting and discussed the financial statements and eBay’s internal control over financial reporting with management;

 

   

conferred with PwC and with senior management of eBay regarding the scope, adequacy, and effectiveness of internal accounting and financial reporting controls (including eBay’s internal control over financial reporting) in effect;

 

   

instructed PwC that the independent auditors are ultimately accountable to the Board and the Audit Committee, as representatives of the stockholders;

 

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discussed with PwC both during and after completion of their audit processes, the results of their audit, including PwC’s assessment of the quality and appropriateness, not just acceptability, of the accounting principles applied by eBay, the reasonableness of significant judgments, the nature of significant risks and exposures, the adequacy of the disclosures in the financial statements as well as other matters required to be communicated under generally accepted auditing standards, including the matters required by the statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, as amended (Communication With Audit Committees); and

 

   

obtained from PwC, in connection with the audit, a timely report relating to eBay’s annual audited financial statements describing all critical accounting policies and practices to be used, all alternative treatments of financial information within generally accepted accounting principles that were discussed with management, ramifications of the use of such alternative disclosures and treatments, the treatment preferred by PwC, and any material written communications between PwC and management.

The Audit Committee held nine meetings in 2011. Throughout the year, we conferred with PwC, eBay’s internal audit team, and senior management in separate executive sessions to discuss any matters that the Audit Committee, PwC, the internal audit team, or senior management believed should be discussed privately with the Audit Committee. We have direct and private access to both the internal and external auditors of eBay.

The Audit Committee has discussed with PwC the matters required to be discussed by the statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, as amended (Communication With Audit Committees). The Audit Committee has also received the written disclosures and the letter from PwC required by the applicable Public Company Accounting Oversight Board requirements for independent accountant communications with audit committees concerning auditor independence, and has discussed the independence of PwC with that firm. We have also concluded that PwC’s provision to eBay and its affiliates of the non-audit services reflected under “Audit-Related Fees,” above is compatible with PwC’s obligation to remain independent.

We have also established procedures for the receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints received by eBay regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, or auditing matters and for the confidential anonymous submission by eBay employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters.

After reviewing the qualifications of the current members of the committee, and any relationships they may have with eBay that might affect their independence from eBay, the Board determined that each member of the Audit Committee meets the independence requirements of the Nasdaq Global Select Market and of Section 10A of the Exchange Act, that each member is able to read and understand fundamental financial statements, and that Mr. Anderson qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under the applicable rules promulgated pursuant to the Exchange Act. The Audit Committee operates under a written charter adopted by the Board. The Audit Committee Charter, as so amended, is shown on the corporate governance section of eBay’s investor relations website at http://investor.ebayinc.com/governance.cfm. Any future changes in the charter or key practices will also be reflected on the website.

Based on our reviews and discussions described above, we recommended to the Board, and the Board approved, the inclusion of the audited financial statements in eBay’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, which eBay filed with the SEC on January 31, 2012. We have also recommended, and the Board has approved, the appointment of PwC as our independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2012.

 

AUDIT COMMITTEE
Fred D. Anderson (Chairman)
Dawn G. Lepore
David M. Moffett
Richard T. Schlosberg, III

 

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OUR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Executive officers are elected annually by the Board and serve at the discretion of the Board. Set forth below is information regarding our executive officers as of March 8, 2012.

 

Name

   Age   

Position

John J. Donahoe

   51    President and Chief Executive Officer, Interim President of PayPal

Elizabeth L. Axelrod

   49    Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Mark T. Carges

   50    Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Global Products, Marketplaces

Michael R. Jacobson

   57    Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary

Alan L. Marks

   49    Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

Christopher D. Saridakis

   43    President, GSI

Robert H. Swan

   51    Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Devin N. Wenig

   45    President, eBay Marketplaces

John J. Donahoe’s biography is set forth under the heading “Proposal 1 — Election of Directors — Directors Continuing in Office until Our 2014 Annual Meeting,” above.

Elizabeth L. Axelrod serves eBay as Senior Vice President, Human Resources. She has served in that capacity since March 2005. From May 2002 to March 2005, Ms. Axelrod served as the Chief Talent Officer for WPP Group PLC, a global communications services group where she was also an executive director. Ms. Axelrod was a partner at McKinsey & Company, a consulting firm where she worked from October 1989 to April 2002. Ms. Axelrod holds a B.S.E. degree with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management (MPPM) from the Yale School of Management. Ms. Axelrod is a co-author of The War for Talent published by Harvard Business School Press in 2001.

Mark T. Carges serves eBay as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Global Products, Marketplaces. He has served in that capacity since September 2009. From September 2008 to September 2009 he served as eBay’s Senior Vice President, Technology. From November 2005 to May 2008, Mr. Carges served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Business Interaction Division of BEA Systems, Inc., a software company. From August 2004 to November 2005, Mr. Carges served as Chief Technology Officer of BEA Systems, Inc. From January 2003 to August 2004, Mr. Carges served as Executive Vice President, Strategic Global Accounts of BEA Systems, Inc. Mr. Carges holds a B.A. degree in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from New York University.

Michael R. Jacobson serves eBay as Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary. He has served in that capacity or as Vice President, Legal Affairs, General Counsel since August 1998. From 1986 to August 1998, Mr. Jacobson was a partner with the law firm of Cooley Godward LLP (now Cooley LLP), specializing in securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactions. Mr. Jacobson holds an A.B. degree in Economics from Harvard College and a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School.

Alan L. Marks serves eBay as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He has served in that capacity since April 2008. From February 2005 to April 2008, Mr. Marks served as Director, Corporate Media Relations of Nike, Inc., a sports equipment and sportswear company. From January 1999 to February 2005, Mr. Marks served as Vice President, Corporate Communications of Gap Inc., a clothing and accessories retail company. Prior to Gap, Mr. Marks was with Avon Products, Inc., a cosmetics and perfume company, for 12 years in a variety of global communication positions. Mr. Marks holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.A. degree in Liberal Studies from New York University.

Christopher D. Saridakis serves eBay as President, GSI. He has served in that capacity since June 2011. From May 2010 to June 2011, Mr. Saridakis served as Chief Executive Officer of GSI’s Global Marketing

 

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Services division. From December 2007 to May 2010, Mr. Saridakis served as Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Gannett Co., Inc., a leading news and information service. From June 2003 to December 2007, Mr. Saridakis served as Chief Executive Officer of PointRoll, Inc., leading provider of digital marketing services for interactive advertising. Mr. Saridakis hold a B.A. degree in Economics from Adelphi University.

Robert H. Swan serves eBay as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He has served in that capacity since March 2006. From February 2003 to March 2006, Mr. Swan served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Electronic Data Systems Corporation, a technology services company. From July 2001 to December 2002, Mr. Swan was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TRW Inc., a global manufacturing and service company. Mr. Swan served in executive positions at Webvan Group, Inc., an online grocery delivery service, from 1999 to 2001, including Chief Executive Officer from April 2001 to July 2001, Chief Operating Officer from September 2000 to July 2001, and Chief Financial Officer from October 1999 to July 2001. Mr. Swan also serves on the Board of Directors of Applied Materials Inc. Mr. Swan holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.B.A. degree from State University of New York at Binghamton.

Devin N. Wenig serves eBay as President, eBay Marketplaces. He has served in that capacity since September 2011. From April 2008 to August 2011, Mr. Wenig served as Chief Executive Officer of Thompson Reuters Markets, the largest division of Thomson Reuters Inc. the global media organization. From January 2006 to April 2008, Mr. Wenig was Chief Operating Office and a Board member of Reuters Group PLC the global media company and from January 2003 to December 2005 Mr. Wenig served as President of Business Divisions of Reuters. Mr. Wenig also serves on the board of directors of March of Dimes charity and is a member of the Young Global Leaders section of the World Economic Forum. Mr. Wenig holds a B.A. degree from Union College and a J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School.

COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

Executive Summary

The Compensation Committee, or the committee, is committed to a philosophy of pay for performance and reviews our compensation programs on an ongoing basis to ensure that the interests of our stockholders are served. This executive summary provides a discussion of how the committee views the link between pay and performance for our executive officers and our results for 2011.

Alignment of Performance and Compensation

Our compensation programs are designed to align compensation with our business objectives and performance. Here is a description of how these incentive compensation programs are designed to meet these objectives and how eBay (or GSI Commerce, Inc., as applicable) performed against their respective targets for 2011.

 

   

eBay Incentive Plan (eIP): The eIP is a cash incentive program designed to align executive compensation with annual company performance and motivate individuals to enhance the value of eBay. The funding and payouts under the eIP are based on eBay’s performance and individual performance. The primary determinant of payout for the eIP is non-GAAP net income (dollars). In addition, in order to tightly link incentive payouts to eBay’s performance, unless both a minimum revenue threshold and a minimum non-GAAP net income threshold are met, there is no incentive payout under the eIP for eBay’s performance or individual performance. Additional incentive payouts are paid if there are significant improvements in customer satisfaction and employee engagement over a multi-year period (with the payout occurring in the year in which the customer satisfaction or employee engagement target is reached and required funding thresholds are met).

 

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2011 performance under the annual component of the eIP:

 

   

Revenue of $11.652 billion exceeded the minimum threshold of $9.839 billion. Revenue increased 27% compared to 2010.

 

   

Non-GAAP net income of $2.667 billion exceeded both the minimum threshold of $2.435 billion and the target of $2.564 billion. Non-GAAP net income increased 16% compared to 2010.

 

   

2011 performance under the multi-year components of the eIP:

 

   

The company did not meet its multi-year target for customer satisfaction or its multi-year target for employee engagement.

 

   

As a result of the company’s strong 2011 performance, the portion of the eIP based on financial performance (75%) was funded at 150% of target for our executive officers. The payout for the remaining portion of the eIP (25%) was funded depending on individual performance. There were no additional payouts for the targets related to customer satisfaction or employee engagement.

 

   

GSI Leadership Incentive Plan (GLIP): The GLIP is a cash incentive program designed to align the compensation of the leadership team of GSI Commerce, Inc. (GSI) with GSI’s performance and motivate individuals to enhance the value of GSI. eBay acquired GSI on June 17, 2011. The funding and payouts under the GLIP are based on GSI’s performance, and payouts can also be increased or decreased discretionarily based on individual performance. The primary determinant of payout for the GLIP is GSI non-GAAP operating income.

 

   

2011 performance (for the period from June 17, 2011 through December 31, 2011) under the GLIP:

 

   

GSI non-GAAP operating income of $78.8 million exceeded both the minimum threshold of $54.2 million and the target of $63.7 million.

 

   

As a result of GSI’s strong 2011 performance, the GLIP was funded at 130% of target.

 

   

Equity Incentive Awards: We grant our executive officers equity incentive awards to align their incentives with the long-term interests of our stockholders, reward them for potential long-term contributions, and provide a total compensation opportunity commensurate with our performance. The equity incentive awards consist of performance-based awards and time-based awards as follows:

 

   

Performance-based restricted stock units: Executive officers are granted awards of performance-based restricted stock units, which will result in grants of restricted stock units if the company exceeds specified performance criteria set by the committee. If the performance criteria are exceeded, the amount and value of the award would depend on the company’s performance. The company’s 2011 performance affected two grants of PBRSUs, one for the 2010-2011 period and the other for the 2011-2012 period. The financial metrics for both periods were the same: revenue and non-GAAP operating margin dollars, with a return on invested capital modifier. For the 2010-2011 period, separate one-year goals were set for 2010 and 2011 at the beginning of each year. For the 2011-2012 period, in response to, among other things, stockholder comments, a single set of two-year goals was set at the beginning of 2011. The following shows the goals and results achieved.

 

   

2011 performance for the second half of the 2010-2011 performance period:

 

   

Revenue of $11.652 billion exceeded both the minimum threshold of $9.839 billion and the maximum target of $11.462 billion. Revenue increased 27% compared to 2010.

 

   

Non-GAAP operating margin dollars of $3.234 billion exceeded the minimum threshold of $2.960 billion and the target of $3.116 billion. Non-GAAP operating margin dollars increased 20% compared to 2010.

 

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Return on invested capital of 23.9% exceeded the minimum threshold of 21.3%, but was below the target of 26.6%. Return on invested capital decreased 4% compared to 2010.

 

   

As a result of the company’s strong 2011 performance, the portion of the performance-based restricted stock units allocable to the 2011 portion of the 2010-2011 performance period were granted at 157% of target. Taking into account 2010 performance, the total award for the 2010-2011 performance period was 131%.

 

   

The award funding for the 2011-2012 performance period will be determined in 2013 following the end of the two-year performance period.

 

   

Stock options and time-based restricted stock units: Executive officers are also eligible to receive stock options and time-based restricted stock units. The value of these awards depends on the performance of the company’s stock.

CEO Compensation

The committee considers many factors in setting the CEO’s compensation, including proxy statement data of our peer group companies and data from proprietary third-party surveys of companies in our peer group and a broader group of comparable technology companies. Mr. Donahoe’s base salary and target bonus incentive under the eIP are set in the first quarter of the year and are designed to compensate him for his expected day-to-day performance (in the case of base salary) and motivate him to enhance the value of eBay (in the case of the eIP). Mr. Donahoe’s bonus opportunity under the eIP is designed in the same manner as our other executives, with 75% based on company performance and 25% based on individual performance, with no funding of either component if company-wide revenue and non-GAAP net income metrics are not met. Mr. Donahoe’s individual performance is assessed after the end of the year, and his individual performance rating determines the funding level for the individual performance component of the eIP. The value of his equity incentive award is set in the first quarter of the year and then allocated among stock options (40% of the award), time-based restricted stock units (30% of the award), and performance-based restricted stock units (30% of the award). For 2012, the committee decided to change the allocation of his equity incentive award to be 20% stock options, 30% time-based restricted stock units, and 50% performance-based restricted stock units. The equity incentive award is designed to align the CEO’s incentives with the long-term interests of our stockholders, reward him for potential long-term contributions, and provide a total compensation opportunity commensurate with our performance.

In early 2011, the committee determined Mr. Donahoe’s 2011 salary, bonus threshold amounts and targets, performance-based restricted stock unit thresholds and targets, and, where applicable, equity grant sizes, based on its belief that the company was well positioned for 2011 and in future years based on solid 2010 performance, which, among other things, included PayPal’s continued strong performance and broader global footprint; continued improvements in the Marketplaces business to enhance the user experience; strong performance of the company’s adjacent e-commerce businesses such as StubHub, classifieds and advertising; the announcement of several strategic acquisitions in 2010 that strengthened the company’s portfolio of assets; and the belief that the company continues to be well positioned to take advantage of key opportunities in the emerging mobile, social, digital, and local market segments. As detailed in the table below, the majority of the increase in Mr. Donahoe’s 2011 compensation compared to 2010 was attributable to an increase in performance-based restricted stock unit awards and an increase in Mr. Donahoe’s payout under the eIP. The increase in performance-based restricted stock unit awards was driven primarily by the change to a single 24-month performance period, which results in the full value of the award being recognized in one year (instead of being spread over two years when the performance period consisted of two 12-month performance periods). The increase in Mr. Donahoe’s payout under the eIP reflects the company’s strong performance for 2011. We believe the year-over-year changes in the elements of Mr. Donahoe’s compensation reinforce the compensation program’s focus on company performance and the committee’s evaluation of his performance at the time the determinations were made.

 

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The individual performance component of Mr. Donahoe’s bonus for 2011 was determined by the committee in early 2012 based on the committee’s assessment of his performance relative to the CEO’s 2011 goals. The committee considered, among other things, the company’s 27% growth in revenue and 16% growth in non-GAAP net income in 2011 compared to 2010; the continuation of the company’s operating and financial performance momentum from 2010; PayPal’s continued strong performance and broader global footprint; growth in the Marketplaces business (and Mr. Donahoe’s role as interim President of the Marketplaces business following the departure of Ms. Norrington in 2010); the announcement of 13 strategic acquisitions in 2011, including the acquisition of GSI, that strengthened the company’s portfolio of assets; the sale of the company’s remaining equity interest in Skype for $2.3 billion; and the belief that the company continues to be well positioned to take advantage of key opportunities in the emerging mobile, social, digital, and local market segments.

The following table sets forth each element of compensation for our CEO for 2011 and 2010 and the year-over-year changes.

 

    Year     Salary
($)
    eBay
Incentive
Plan
($)
    Performance-
Based
Restricted
Stock
Unit
Awards
($)
    Time-
Based
Restricted
Stock
Unit
Awards
($)
    Stock Option
Awards
($)
    All Other
Compensation
($)
    Total
($)
 

John J. Donahoe

    2011        $945,577        $2,688,984              $6,004,627 (1)      $2,849,980        $3,799,993        $167,367        $16,456,528   
    2010        $920,673        $1,895,113              $2,601,045        $2,985,000        $3,735,000        $245,655        $12,382,486   

Year-over-year change($)

      $24,904        $793,871              $3,403,582        -$135,020        $64,993        -$78,288        $4,074,042   

Year-over-year change(%)

      3%        42%                  131%        -5%        2%        -32%        33%   

 

(1) In accordance with SEC reporting rules, the value of performance-based restricted stock unit awards for 2011 consists of 100% of the 2011-2012 performance cycle grant date fair value, and 50% of the 2010-2011 performance cycle grant date fair value. The value shown for fiscal 2010 reflects 50% of the 2010-2011 performance cycle grant date fair value and 50% of the 2009-2010 performance cycle grant date fair value. The value of the performance-based restricted stock unit awards granted in 2011 (for the 2011-2012 performance cycle) is $3,481,777, which represents a 34% increase compared to 2010.

Key Compensation Metrics

As discussed in greater detail below, when defining company performance, the committee focuses on financial performance metrics and non-financial metrics (such as improvements in customer satisfaction and employee engagement) that the committee believes will improve the company’s overall financial performance.

The committee selected revenue and non-GAAP net income as the primary company performance measures and improvement in customer satisfaction (which we refer to as net promoter score), and improvement in employee engagement as the secondary company performance measures. The committee also recognized that it was unlikely that significant improvements in net promoter score or employee engagement could occur in a single year, so it decided that those performance targets would be measured over a multi-year period. The committee believes that the primary performance measures are the best measures of short- and intermediate-term results for the company given that they are publicly announced, widely followed, can be influenced by management in the short to intermediate term, and provide a balanced measurement of performance. The committee also believes that including the secondary performance measures for senior executives drives accountability for improving customer focus and employee engagement, which the committee believes is an important factor in supporting the company’s success.

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these measures are key drivers of our long-term success, relatively simple to understand, and aligned with stockholder value drivers. Furthermore, the committee selected a combination of revenue, operating margin dollars, and return on invested capital performance measures to ensure that increases in revenue were not sought at the expense of operating margin dollars and return and vice versa.

Executive Compensation Considerations

In line with best practices for executive compensation, the company and the committee also seek to ensure that total compensation is heavily weighted to variable, performance-based compensation and that supplemental or non-performance-based programs are avoided or limited. To that end, the company:

 

   

Has established meaningful stock ownership requirements for executive officers (five times annual base salary for the CEO and three times annual base salary for other executive officers);

 

   

Has implemented changes to the eIP and the company’s equity incentive plans to provide that beginning in 2012, awards made under those plans will be subject to a clawback provision consistent with the SEC rules to be issued in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Act;

 

   

Has modified its performance-based restricted stock unit program to provide for overlapping two-year performance periods;

 

   

Does not provide any company-funded supplemental retirement program to executive officers;

 

   

Has not made any contributions to the company’s deferred compensation program in which certain executive officers participate;

 

   

Provides only a limited number and value of perquisites that are not available to employees generally;

 

   

Does not provide “single trigger” or “double trigger” acceleration of equity awards upon a change of control;

 

   

Does not provide “single trigger” severance payments upon a change of control; and

 

   

Does not provide “gross ups” on change-of control payments or perquisites (other than a one-time tax reimbursement provided to Mr. Wenig related to certain of his relocation expenses, consistent with the company’s existing relocation policies).

The committee chose a mix of cash and equity compensation vehicles, some dependent purely on financial targets that should drive stock performance in the long-term and others more directly related to stock price and therefore, the returns received by investors in the company, to compensate management based on both long-term value drivers and on returns to stockholders. The ultimate value to employees of equity compensation is dependent on the company’s stock price once the equity awards vest. The subsections below provide additional detail on the objectives and operations of the compensation programs for 2011.

In its compensation review process, the committee considers whether our compensation programs serve the best interests of our stockholders. We have had meetings in 2011 and 2012 with several of our institutional investors in order to solicit their views on our compensation practices. In determining executive compensation for 2012, the committee considered the stockholder support that the “Say-on-Pay” proposal received at our April 28, 2011 annual meeting of stockholders and the feedback we received from our investors on our compensation programs. Based on the foregoing, we believe our programs are effectively designed and continue to be aligned with the interests of our stockholders.

Objectives of Compensation Programs

Our compensation programs are designed to align compensation with our business objectives and performance, enable us to attract, retain, and reward executive officers and other key employees who contribute to our long-term success, and motivate executive officers to enhance long-term stockholder value. We also strive to design programs to position eBay competitively among the companies against which we recruit and compete for talent. We recognize that compensation programs must be understandable to be effective and that program

 

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administration and decision making must be fair and equitable. We also consider the financial obligations created by our compensation programs and design them to be cost-effective. To meet these objectives, the principal components of executive compensation in 2011 consisted of base salary, short-term cash incentive awards, and equity incentive awards. For 2011, the equity incentive awards for our executive officers were stock options, performance-based restricted stock units, and time-based restricted stock units, and for most other employees eligible to receive equity were either a combination of time-based restricted stock units and stock options or all time-based restricted stock units. In addition, as described below, prior to the closing of the acquisition of GSI, a long-term incentive plan was put in place for Mr. Saridakis (an executive officer who joined the company as a result of the acquisition), which was designed to incent performance of the GSI business.

The Compensation Committee reviews and sets our overall compensation strategy for all employees on an annual basis. In the course of this review, the committee considers our current compensation programs and whether to modify them or introduce new programs or elements of compensation to better meet our overall compensation objectives. Our compensation policies are the same for all of our executive officers.

Role of the Compensation Committee

The committee reviews and approves all compensation programs (including equity compensation) applicable to our executive officers and directors, our overall strategy for employee compensation, and the specific compensation of our employees at the level of senior vice president and above, including our CEO. The committee’s review of executive officer compensation includes, but is not limited to, a review of the retention value of past equity incentive awards. The committee has the sole authority to select, retain, and terminate special counsel and other experts (including compensation consultants), as the committee deems appropriate. As discussed in more detail below, the committee retained a compensation consultant throughout 2011 that reported directly to the committee.

Role of Executive Officers and Consultants in Compensation Decisions

While the committee determines eBay’s overall compensation philosophy and sets the compensation of our CEO and other executive officers, it looks to the executive officers identified below and the independent compensation consultant retained by the committee to make recommendations to the committee with respect to both overall guidelines and specific compensation decisions. Our CEO also provides the Board and the committee with his perspective on the performance of eBay’s executive officers as part of the determination of the amount payable under the eIP for individual performance and the determination of whether the amount payable under the GLIP should be increased or decreased as a result of individual performance (both as described below), the annual personnel review, and succession planning discussions with the Board, as well as a self-assessment of his performance. The committee establishes compensation levels for our CEO in consultation with the independent compensation consultant it retains, and our CEO is not present during any of these discussions. Our CEO recommends to the committee specific compensation amounts for executive officers other than himself, and the committee considers those recommendations and information provided by its independent compensation consultant concerning peer group comparisons and industry trends and makes the ultimate compensation decisions. Our CEO, CFO, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, and Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs & General Counsel regularly attend the committee’s meetings to provide their perspectives on the competitive landscape and the needs of the business, information regarding eBay’s performance, and technical advice. Members of the committee also participate in the Board’s annual review of the CEO’s performance and its setting of annual performance goals, in each case led by our lead independent director. See “Our Corporate Governance Practices” above for further details.

In 2010, the committee selected Pay Governance LLC as its independent compensation consultant. Pay Governance provides the committee with advice and resources to help develop and execute our overall compensation strategy. Pay Governance reports directly to the committee, and the committee has the sole power to terminate or replace Pay Governance at any time. As part of its engagement, the committee has directed Pay Governance to work with our Senior Vice President of Human Resources and other members of management to

 

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obtain information necessary for it to form recommendations and evaluate management’s recommendations. Pay Governance also meets with the committee during the committee’s regular meetings, in executive session (where no members of management are present), and with the committee chair and other members of the committee outside of the regular meetings. As part of its engagement in 2011, Pay Governance evaluated the company’s peer group, evaluated compensation levels at the peer group companies, developed equity and cash compensation guidelines for various job levels, provided an environmental scan of executive compensation, assessed compensation for the company’s executive officers, and assessed compensation for the Board. Pay Governance’s fees for consulting advice to the committee for the year ended December 31, 2011 were approximately $430,000.

The committee periodically reviews its relationship with its independent compensation consultant. The committee believes that the consultant it retains is able to provide the committee with independent advice.

Competitive Considerations

To set total compensation guidelines, the committee reviews market data of companies with which eBay competes for executive talent, business, and capital. The market data consists of proxy statement data from peer group companies and proprietary third-party survey data, which is only available in an aggregated and unidentifiable format. The committee believes that it is necessary to consider this market data in making compensation decisions in order to attract and retain talent. The committee also recognizes that at the executive level, we compete for talent against larger global companies, as well as smaller, non-public companies.

In deciding whether a company should be included in the peer group, the committee considers the following screening criteria:

 

   

revenue;

 

   

market value;

 

   

historical growth rates;

 

   

primary line of business;

 

   

whether the company has a recognizable and well-regarded brand; and

 

   

whether we compete with the company for talent.

For 2011, the peer group consisted of the following companies:

 

•    Adobe Systems Incorporated

  

•    Google Inc.

•    Amazon.com, Inc.

  

•    Intel Corporation

•    American Express Company

  

•    Intuit Inc.

•    Apple Inc.

  

•    MasterCard Incorporated

•    Capital One Financial Corp.

  

•    Microsoft Corporation

•    Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

  

•    Symantec Corporation

•    Cisco Systems, Inc.

  

•    Visa Inc.

•    Dell Inc.

  

•    Yahoo! Inc.

•    Electronic Arts Inc.

  

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data. The peer group for 2011 was the same as the peer group for 2010. For 2012, the committee decided to remove Apple Inc. from the peer group because, due to its increased size and market value, it no longer met the screening criteria.

Elements of Compensation/Executive Compensation Practices

For 2011, the principal components of executive compensation consisted of base salary, short-term cash incentive awards, and equity incentive awards. The equity incentive awards consisted of stock options, performance-based restricted stock units, and time-based restricted stock units. We also provided our executive officers with certain perquisites, and they were eligible to make individual contributions to our deferred compensation plan, both as described below. In addition, our executive officers were eligible to participate in our health and benefits plans, retirement savings plans, and our employee stock purchase plan, which are generally available to all of our employees. The following table outlines our objectives for each of the principal components of executive compensation and our target positioning strategy for those components for 2011:

 

Objective

  

2011 Target Positioning Strategy

Base salary

   Base salary and short-term cash incentive awards

 

•    Reward individuals’ current contributions to the company

 

•    Reflect the scope of individuals’ roles and responsibilities

 

•    Compensate individuals for their expected day-to-day performance

  

 

•    Assess base salaries and short-term cash incentive awards against proxy statement data of our peer group companies and general industry third-party survey data and, assuming strong company and individual performance, target total cash compensation to be in the third quartile based on that data

Short-term cash incentive awards

 

  

•    Align executive compensation with annual performance

 

•    Enable eBay to attract, retain, and reward individuals who contribute to eBay’s success

 

•    Motivate individuals to enhance the value of eBay

  

Equity incentive awards

   Equity incentive awards

•    Align individuals’ incentives with the long- term interests of our stockholders

 

•    Reward individuals for potential long-term contributions

 

•    Provide a total compensation opportunity commensurate with our performance

  

•    Set equity award guidelines in the third quartile to be competitive with companies in our peer group and industry third-party survey data

Although the committee has not established a fixed policy for the allocation between cash and equity compensation or short-term and long-term compensation, as described below, the committee has policies for each component of compensation, and as part of its evaluation of the compensation of our executive officers, the committee reviews not only the individual elements of compensation, but also total compensation. In general, compensation of executive officers is heavily weighted towards equity incentive awards, as the committee wants the senior leadership team to have a long-term, stockholder-oriented perspective on the company’s affairs.

 

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This link between company performance, performance of the company’s stock, and executive compensation is illustrated by the following charts, which show the portion of actual 2011 compensation allocated to each element of compensation for our CEO and the other four executive officers disclosed in the Summary Compensation Table below (which are referred to collectively as our named executive officers).

 

          CEO   Other Named Executive Officers

 

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In making decisions regarding elements of compensation for each of our executive officers, the committee takes into account the size and complexity of each executive officer’s job and business unit or function in addition to individual performance. For executive officers other than the CEO, assessments of individual performance are typically based on performance against financial performance measures for the executive’s business unit or function and other goals, such as organizational development (including development of the senior leadership team of each organization), leadership, and, as applicable, major product introductions; negotiation, closing, and integration of acquisitions, dispositions, and/or strategic partnerships; and achievement of strategic and infrastructure objectives, including control of costs and charges. For our CEO, assessments of individual performance are based on the committee’s assessment of the company’s overall financial performance and other goals, such as defining corporate and business unit strategy, supporting the business units in the achievement of their goals, improving and supporting innovation at the company, and developing and retaining the senior leadership team. The committee gives no specific weighting to these goals, and it evaluates individual performance in a non-formulaic manner. For new hires who are recruited externally, the committee also takes into account what is required to attract the individual to join the company. For new hires who join the company as a result of acquisitions, the committee also takes into account the individual’s existing compensation arrangements with the target company.

We organize our management team with separate job levels for our CEO, CFO, heads of major operating units, highest technical officers, and heads of other functional units. Job levels are determined based on scope and level of responsibilities and job function. Job levels are also determined to allow for comparisons of comparable positions at companies in our peer group and companies included in general industry third-party survey data. For 2011, Mr. Donahoe was in the CEO job level, Mr. Swan was in the CFO job level, Mr. Wenig and Mr. Saridakis were in the heads of major operating units job level, and Mr. Carges was in the highest technical officer job level. The CEO job level is the highest job level. Because the CEO has overall responsibility for our entire company, his job responsibilities are significantly greater (and his compensation is significantly higher) than those of the other executive officers, who are responsible for individual business units or corporate functions. Except as described in this Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the committee did not make any additional compensation-related decisions in 2011 for any of our named executive officers.

 

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Base Salary

Base salary is the fixed portion of executive pay and is set to reward individuals’ current contributions to the company, reflect the scope of their roles and responsibilities, and compensate them for their expected day-to-day performance. The committee assesses base salaries against proxy statement data of our peer group companies and general industry third-party survey data and assuming strong company and individual performance, targets total cash compensation to be in the third quartile based on that data. For 2011, the total cash compensation for our named executive officers as a group was within the third quartile of that data.

The committee meets at least once a year, typically in the first quarter, to review and approve each executive officer’s base salary for the upcoming year. When reviewing base salaries, the committee has historically considered the pay practices of peer group companies, compensation of executives in similar positions at comparable companies that participate in proprietary third-party surveys, individual performance, levels of responsibility, breadth of knowledge, and prior experience. In the case of the pay practices of peer group companies and comparable companies that participate in proprietary third-party surveys, the committee also considers the fact that the data is historical and does not necessarily reflect those companies’ current pay practices. Effective March 1, 2011, the base salaries of Mr. Swan and Mr. Carges (our named executive officers who were with the company at that time, other than our CEO) were $800,000 and $585,000, respectively, which represented increases of 3.6% and 3.5%, respectively, over the prior year, and the base salary for our CEO was $950,000, which represented an increase of 2.7% over the prior year. The committee provided only modest increases to base salaries, consistent with its overall compensation philosophy of emphasizing variable, “at risk” compensation. When Mr. Saridakis joined the company in June 2011 upon the closing of the company’s acquisition of GSI, his base salary was set at $600,000, which was the same as his salary prior to the closing of the acquisition. When Mr. Wenig joined the company in September 2011, his base salary was set at $750,000.

Short-term Cash Incentive Awards

eBay Incentive Plan (eIP). The eIP is a cash incentive program designed to align executive compensation with annual performance and to enable eBay to attract, retain, and reward individuals who contribute to eBay’s success and motivate them to enhance the value of eBay. The eIP was most recently approved by our stockholders in 2010. The committee believes that incentive payouts should be tightly linked to eBay’s performance, with individual compensation differentiated based on individual performance. As a result, funding and payouts under the eIP are dependent and based on eBay’s performance and individual performance.

The committee determines the length of the performance period under the eIP, which has historically been annually. For each performance period, the committee establishes (1) performance measures based on business criteria and target levels of performance and (2) a formula for calculating a participant’s award based on actual performance compared to the pre-established performance goals. Performance measures may be based on a wide variety of business metrics. Management recommends to the committee a proposed approach to setting the performance measures and targets. In 2011, the eIP consisted of an annual award for all employees who participated in the plan. The committee also implemented additional awards for all employees who participated in the plan that can be achieved over a multi-year period and are paid out in the year in which the targets are reached (so long as the eIP is funded). If these targets are reached in a year in which the eIP is not funded, the additional award payouts will be deferred until the next year the eIP is funded.

 

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The following table outlines the performance measures set in 2011 for executive officers and the committee’s rationale for selecting those performance measures:

 

Performance Measures(1)

  

Rationale

•    Minimum revenue threshold(2)

 

•    Non-GAAP net income(3)

 

  

•    The committee believes non-GAAP net income is the best measure of short- and intermediate-term results for the company given that it is publicly announced, widely followed, can be influenced by management in the short to intermediate term, and provides the most relevant measure of financial performance. The committee believes that the minimum revenue threshold balances the income targets and ensures that no bonus is paid when future income will be negatively impacted by lack of revenue growth.

•    Net promoter score improvement(4)

 

•    Employee engagement improvement(5)

  

•    The committee believes that including a customer satisfaction metric and an employee engagement metric drives accountability for improving customer satisfaction and employee engagement, both of which are important to long-term results. The committee recognizes that it is extremely difficult to achieve statistically significant improvements in net promoter score and employee engagement in a single-year period. As a result, it is expected to take more than one year before the net promoter score and the employee engagement targets are met.

•    Individual performance

  

•    The committee believes that a portion of the compensation payable under this plan should be differentiated based on individual performance.

 

(1) Both minimum revenue and minimum non-GAAP net income thresholds must be met in order for there to be any incentive payout based on company performance or individual performance, with the funding level for company performance based on the amount of non-GAAP net income. The incentive payouts for net promoter score and employee engagement are independent from the payout tied to the company’s financial performance (but will only be paid in a year when the company’s minimum financial performance metrics are met).

 

(2) Calculated on a fixed foreign exchange basis (referred to as FX-neutral).

 

(3) Non-GAAP net income excludes certain items, primarily stock-based compensation expense and related payroll taxes, amortization of acquired intangible assets, certain one-time gains and losses, and income taxes related to these items. It is calculated quarterly, publicly disclosed as part of our quarterly earnings releases, and is a basis of third-party analysts’ estimates of the company’s results.

 

(4) Net promoter score is a customer satisfaction metric.

 

(5) Determined by reviewing annual results of an employee engagement survey.

 

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If the minimum revenue and non-GAAP net income thresholds have been met, 75% of the award is based on the company’s financial performance and 25% of the award is based on individual performance.

For 2011, the committee decided to remove the net promoter score metric and the employee engagement metric from the annual performance targets and instead create separate incentives for these metrics. The net promoter score incentive is tied to the achievement of a statistically significant improvement in net promoter score over a multi-year period. The employee engagement incentive is tied to the achievement of a statistically significant improvement in employee engagement over a multi-year period. The committee decided to make these changes because it recognized that it is extremely difficult to achieve statistically significant improvements in customer satisfaction and employee engagement in a single-year period. Employees who participate in the eIP are entitled to an additional payout of 5% of bonus target for each of these performance measures when they are achieved. However, if the company performance measures are not met in the year when the net promoter score or employee engagement metric is met, the payout of these additional incentives will be deferred until the next year in which the minimum company performance thresholds are met.

The amount at which the eIP is funded is determined based on the company’s actual performance measured against the targets set by the committee in the first quarter. After the end of the year, the company’s actual performance is compared to the targets to determine the funding level of the eIP for company performance. For 2011, assuming a minimum revenue threshold was met, the funding level of the eIP was determined based on non-GAAP net income. The funding level ranged from 50% at the minimum non-GAAP net income level up to 200% at the maximum level (assuming the minimum revenue threshold was also met). If the targets for improvements in net promoter score or employee engagement had been met, the eIP would have been funded by an additional 5% for each case.

With respect to individual performance, our CEO presents the committee with his assessment of the individual performance of each of his direct reports. The committee reviews his assessments and makes a subjective determination of the level of individual performance for each of those executive officers. For 2011, the committee delegated to the CEO the authority to set the level of individual performance for the remaining employees at the level of senior vice president (none of whom was an executive officer). In addition, the committee reviews (with input from the lead independent director and other members of the Board) and makes a subjective determination of the CEO’s level of performance against goals set by the Board at the beginning of the year. In making its determination of the individual performance of each executive officer, the committee does not give any specific weighting to each individual’s goals.

The following table sets forth the annual performance measures under the eIP set by the committee and eBay’s actual performance for 2011:

 

     Minimum      Target      Maximum      Actual  

FX-neutral revenue

   $ 9.839B         —           —         $ 11.652B   

Non-GAAP net income

   $ 2.435B       $ 2.564B       $ 2.769B       $ 2.667B   

The following table sets forth the multi-year performance measures set by the committee and eBay’s actual performance for 2011:

 

     Target      Actual  

Net promoter score improvement

     +4 points         -1 points   

Employee engagement improvement

     +5 points         +4 points   

In 2011, total annual target incentive amounts for the named executive officers who participated in the eIP were 175% of base salary for Mr. Donahoe, 100% of base salary for each of Mr. Swan and Mr. Wenig, and 75% of base salary for Mr. Carges. As described below, Mr. Saridakis participated in a separate plan based on GSI’s results. Based on eBay’s non-GAAP net income for 2011 (and the achievement of the threshold revenue component), the portion of the eIP based on company performance was funded at 150% of the target opportunity.

 

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Because minimum thresholds for both company-wide revenue and non-GAAP net income were met in 2011, the eIP was also funded for the individual performance component. There was no additional funding for the performance measures related to improvements in net promoter score or employee engagement because the targets were not met. Taking into account both company and individual performance, total annual incentive amounts under the eIP for 2011 were 284% of base salary for Mr. Donahoe, 163% of base salary for Mr. Swan, 138% of base salary for Mr. Wenig, and 113% of base salary for Mr. Carges.

The committee specifically considered whether (1) results from GSI and (2) the net gain resulting from the sale of the company’s remaining equity interest in Skype should be included or excluded from the determination of whether the company had met the revenue threshold (in the case of results from GSI) and the non-GAAP net income targets for the year. Based upon (1) advice from the committee’s compensation consultant, (2) the company’s past practice, and (3) an analysis of the impact of including or excluding the results and/or the gain, the committee determined that results from GSI would be included and the net gain resulting from the sale of the company’s remaining equity interest in Skype would be excluded in determining whether the revenue threshold and non-GAAP net income targets had been met.

GSI Leadership Incentive Plan (GLIP). The GLIP is a cash incentive program designed to align executive compensation at GSI with GSI’s performance and to enable eBay to attract, retain, and reward individuals who contribute to GSI’s success and motivate them to enhance the value of GSI. As noted above, Mr. Saridakis participates in the GLIP. Incentive payouts are designed to be tightly linked to GSI’s performance, with individual compensation differentiated based on individual performance. The company believed that it was important to keep the GSI management team focused on GSI’s business results and key goals (including deployment of its v.11 platform) during a transitional period of the first 18 months of operations following the closing of the acquisition.

For 2011, the GLIP consisted of a single award for all members of the GSI leadership team who were eligible to participate in the plan. The performance period was from the closing of the acquisition of GSI by the company (June 17, 2011) through December 31, 2011. The performance measure and the formula for calculating a participant’s award based on actual performance compared to the pre-established performance goal were set at the beginning of the performance period.

The following table outlines the performance measures under the GLIP set in 2011 for the GSI leadership team and the rationale for selecting those performance measures:

 

Performance Measures

  

Rationale

•    GSI non-GAAP operating income(1)

  

•    Non-GAAP operating income was selected as the best measure of short- and intermediate-term results for GSI given that it can be influenced by management in the short to intermediate term and provides balanced measurement of performance.

•    Individual performance

  

•    It is appropriate to have the ability to vary compensation payable under this plan based on individual performance.

 

(1) Non-GAAP operating income excludes certain items, primarily stock-based compensation expense and amortization of acquired intangible assets, and takes into account payouts of applicable amounts under the GLIP.

The amount at which the GLIP is funded is determined based on GSI’s actual performance measured against the target. For 2011, the funding level of the GLIP was determined based on non-GAAP operating income. In order for there to be any payout under the GLIP, GSI needed to achieve at least $54.2 million in non-GAAP operating income for the period from the closing of the acquisition (June 17, 2011) through December 31, 2011.

 

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The funding level ranged from 20% at the minimum non-GAAP operating income level up to 150% at the maximum level. In addition, the amount of any individual’s payout under the GLIP can be increased or decreased based on individual performance.

As described above, with respect to individual performance, our CEO presents the committee with his assessment of the individual performance of each of his direct reports, including Mr. Saridakis. The committee reviews his assessments and makes a subjective determination of the level of individual performance for each of those executive officers, including whether Mr. Saridakis’ payout under the GLIP should be increased or decreased. In making its determination of the individual performance of each executive officer, including Mr. Saridakis, the committee does not give any specific weighting to each individual’s goals.

The following table sets forth the performance measure under the GLIP and GSI’s actual performance for the period from the closing of the acquisition (June 17, 2011) through December 31, 2011:

 

     Minimum      Target      Maximum      Actual  

GSI non-GAAP operating income

   $ 54.2M       $ 63.7M       $ 82.8M       $ 78.8M   

In 2011, the target incentive amount for Mr. Saridakis was 66.67% of his base salary. Based on GSI’s non-GAAP net income for the period from the closing of the acquisition (June 17, 2011) through December 31, 2011, the GLIP was funded at 130% of the target opportunity. Mr. Saridakis’ bonus was calculated by applying the pre-acquisition GSI bonus program to GSI’s results from January 1, 2011 through June 16, 2011 and the GLIP for the remainder of the year on a pro-rated basis.

For 2012, the committee decided to change the design of the GLIP to mirror the design of the eIP. Payouts will be based on (1) performance measures based on GSI business criteria and target levels of performance and (2) a formula for calculating a participant’s award based on actual performance compared to the pre-established performance goals. A portion of the award will be determined based on GSI performance and, assuming GSI performance thresholds are met, a portion of the award will be determined based on individual performance.

Special Transaction Bonus. Prior to the closing of the acquisition of GSI by the company, GSI entered into an agreement with Mr. Saridakis pursuant to which he was entitled to receive a special transaction bonus of $5,000,000, which was payable over a three-year period. The company was required to assume GSI’s obligation to pay the special transaction bonus when it acquired GSI. In connection with his joining the company following the closing of the acquisition, Mr. Saridakis and the company agreed to change the terms of the special transaction bonus such that the full amount of the bonus was paid within a month of the closing of the acquisition, but it is subject to a repayment obligation if Mr. Saridakis is terminated by the company for “cause” or if he resigns without “good reason” within three years of the closing of the acquisition (as those terms are defined in the agreement with Mr. Saridakis). Mr. Saridakis’ repayment obligation is reduced by 1/36th for every full month of active employment following the closing of the acquisition.

Long-term Incentive Plan

In connection with Mr. Saridakis joining GSI in 2010, GSI committed to a long-term incentive arrangement for him. In light of the acquisition of GSI by the company and Mr. Saridakis’ new role following the closing of the acquisition, GSI finalized the terms of the arrangement immediately prior to the closing of the acquisition. In accordance with the modified terms of the arrangement, Mr. Saridakis is entitled to receive awards with payouts based on GSI’s performance over a four-year period. The company was required to assume GSI’s obligations under this arrangement in connection with the acquisition.

 

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The following table describes the performance measure selected by GSI and the rationale for its selection:

 

Performance Measure

  

Rationale

•    EBITDA Thresholds(1)

  

•    EBITDA was selected as the best measure of results for GSI given that it can be influenced by management and provides balanced measurement of performance

 

(1) EBITDA is defined as GSI’s non-GAAP operating income, adjusted (i) to exclude expenses for interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and the deferred acquisition payments recorded as compensation expense related to GSI’s acquisition of Fetchback, Inc., and (ii) to include reasonable estimates of (A) annual expenses for stock-based compensation granted to Mr. Saridakis, (B) annual expenses for long-term incentive compensation granted to Mr. Saridakis and other employees of GSI (to the extent not otherwise included), and (C) patent litigation expenses allocable to the relevant performance period.

Awards can be earned over four separate annual performance periods, beginning with the 2012 calendar year. Any awards earned based on GSI performance during the performance periods will vest and become payable if Mr. Saridakis is continuously employed by an eBay company through the first business day after January 1, 2016. An award may become payable sooner if Mr. Saridakis’ employment terminates due to his death prior to January 1, 2016 or Mr. Saridakis’ employment is terminated without “cause” prior to January 1, 2016 (as that term is defined in the plan). The company has the option of settling the awards in cash, shares of the company’s common stock, or any combination thereof. The plan also includes a clawback provision with a 12-month look back following the time any award payment is made, which provides that if a determination of EBITDA was based on materially incorrect data and such EBITDA had not been achieved or was achieved to a lesser extent, Mr. Saridakis may be required to return or forfeit all or a portion of any payment based on incorrect data. The amount of the award payable for each performance period is $7,500,000 multiplied by the total number of EBITDA thresholds attained by GSI during such performance period. An EBITDA threshold is attained if GSI’s EBITDA equals or exceeds any of the following amounts:

 

EBITDA Thresholds:
$300M
$375M
$425M
$475M

The foregoing EBITDA thresholds were approved by GSI prior to the closing of the acquisition. The plan provides that the attainment of an EBITDA threshold in any performance period shall not be considered to have been attained again in any subsequent performance period for purposes of determining the award amount in such subsequent performance period. The award is also subject to a maximum payout of $30,000,000 for all four performance periods. The compensation committee has the ability to adjust the EBITDA thresholds or the manner in which EBITDA is determined to reflect certain items enumerated in the plan.

Equity Incentive Awards

We grant our executive officers focal equity incentive awards that consist of stock options, performance-based restricted stock units, and time-vested restricted stock units to align their incentives with the long-term interests of our stockholders, reward them for potential long-term contributions, and provide a total compensation opportunity commensurate with our performance. The committee believes that this mix of equity is consistent with the grant practices of companies in our peer group and is also supported by technology industry third-party survey data. In addition, the committee believes that similar to performance-based restricted stock units, stock options and time-based restricted stock units align the interests of our executive officers with our stockholders because the value of these equity awards depend on the performance of the company’s stock.

 

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For 2011, the committee set equity award guidelines based on equity compensation practices at companies in our peer group, data regarding equity guidelines for comparable technology companies that are included in proprietary third-party surveys, and an assessment of dilution issues. The equity incentive guideline positioning is subject to a maximum gross dilution rate set by the committee, which includes grants to existing employees, grants associated with anticipated growth in eBay’s employee base, and grants to new hires who are filling existing positions. In setting the maximum gross dilution rate, the committee considers dilution rates of companies in our peer group. The committee may also make special compensation-related decisions for performance, recognition, long-term retention value, and/or recruitment purposes that cause individual compensation to differ from the regular stated compensation strategy and guidelines.

New Hire Equity Incentive Grants and Focal Grants. New hire equity incentive grants for specific individuals also take into account specific recruitment needs. In connection with their joining the company, both Mr. Wenig and Mr. Saridakis received equity incentive grants. Mr. Wenig’s grant consisted of a mix of stock options, performance-based restricted stock units, and time-based restricted stock units. The allocation of these equity awards was 40% stock options, 30% performance-based restricted stock units, and 30% time-based restricted stock units, which is consistent with the allocation used for focal grants to executive officers described below. In connection with his hiring, Mr. Wenig also received a supplemental grant of time-based restricted stock units. The committee granted Mr. Wenig this supplemental award as a recruitment tool that was designed to enhance the overall compensation package being offered to him. Mr. Saridakis’ grant consisted of time-based restricted stock units. The committee granted Mr. Saridakis this award to make his equity compensation more consistent with that of other executive officers and to incent him to remain with GSI following the closing of the acquisition.

Following the new hire grant, additional grants are made to participants pursuant to a periodic focal grant program. See the section entitled “Equity Compensation Grant Practices” below for a description of our equity grant practices. Focal grants are based upon a number of factors, including performance of the individual, job level, future potential contributions to eBay, competitive external levels of equity incentives, and the retention value associated with each individual’s unvested equity. Vested equity held by the employee is generally not a factor in the committee’s consideration of equity grants.

The value of equity incentive awards granted pursuant to our focal program is determined within ranges established for each job level that are reviewed and approved by the committee on at least an annual basis. These job level ranges are established based on our desired pay positioning relative to the competitive market, with our CEO and Senior Vice President of Human Resources and the committee’s independent compensation consultant involved in the process of recommending the job level ranges to the committee for approval. For both new hire and focal grants, the committee approves the final value of equity incentive awards for those employees who are at the level of senior vice president and above. The committee does not set equity ranges for the executive officer job levels. Instead, for our executive officers, the committee considers the value of equity awards granted to executives in comparable positions disclosed in proxy statements of peer group companies and data from proprietary third-party surveys of companies in our peer group and a broader group of comparable technology companies.

Allocation between Stock Options, Performance-Based Restricted Stock Units, and Time-Based Restricted Stock Units. The process and methodology for determining the value of awards for executives are generally the same as those used for our other employees. Once the value of the focal equity incentive awards has been set for each executive officer, a formula is used to allocate a portion of the value of the focal award to each of stock options, performance-based restricted stock units, and time-based restricted stock units. For employees at the level of director to vice president, the formula allocates the award between stock options and time-vested restricted stock units. Eligible employees below the level of director only receive time-vested restricted stock units. For 2011, the committee determined that for executive officers, stock options would constitute 40%, performance-based restricted stock unit awards would constitute 30%, and time-vested restricted stock unit awards would constitute the remaining 30%, of the value of the focal equity awards (determined with reference

 

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to a formulaic valuation of options and target grant size for the performance-based restricted stock units). For 2012, the committee determined that for executive officers, performance-based restricted stock units would constitute 50%, time-based restricted stock units would constitute 30%, and stock options would constitute the remaining 20% of the value of the focal equity awards.

Promotional Equity Incentive Grants. Beginning in 2011, the committee decided to eliminate promotional equity incentive grants in order to focus on recognizing performance and expected future contributions as part of the annual focal grant cycle.

Performance-Based Restricted Stock Units. Executive officers are eligible to receive awards of performance-based restricted stock units if the company meets specified performance criteria set by the committee. Based upon the company’s performance against the performance criteria during the performance period, assuming above threshold performance, the performance-based restricted stock units are granted and vest with respect to one-half of the award in March following the end of the performance period and vest with respect to the remainder of the award in March of the following year. As described in the section entitled “Equity Compensation Grant Practices” below, beginning in 2012, all focal equity awards will be granted in April of each year (except for performance-based restricted stock units for the 2010-2011 performance period, which will be granted in March 2012). The committee believes that the post-performance period vesting feature of the performance-based restricted stock units provides an important mechanism that helps to retain executive officers and align their interests with long-term stockholder value.

In 2010, the committee set a 24-month performance period for performance-based restricted stock awards, which provides an incentive over a longer time period than the annual eIP program. However, in light of the state of the economy at the beginning of 2010 (and consistent with the approach it took for 2009), the committee decided to divide the targets for the 2010-2011 performance period into two consecutive 12-month targets. In addition to the longer performance period, performance-based restricted stock units are subject to additional vesting after the performance period. Based upon the company’s performance against the performance criteria during the performance period, assuming above threshold performance, these performance-based restricted stock units will be granted and vest with respect to one-half of the award in March 2012 and vest with respect to the remainder of the award in March 2013. For the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 performance periods, the committee decided to set targets based on a single 24-month performance period. The committee expects to continue to make grants based on overlapping two-year performance periods in the future.

The following table outlines the performance periods and performance measures and the committee’s rationale for selecting those performance measures:

 

Performance Period

  

Performance Measures(1)

  

Rationale

2010-2011 (consisting of two sets of 12-month targets)

 

2011-2012 (consisting of one set of 24-month targets)

  

•    FX-neutral revenue

 

•    Non-GAAP operating margin dollars(2)

 

•    Return on invested capital

  

•    The committee believes these measures are key drivers of our long-term success, are relatively simple to understand, and are aligned with stockholder value drivers. Furthermore, the committee selected both revenue and operating margin dollars performance measures to ensure that increases in revenue were not sought at the expense of operating margin and vice versa.

 

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(1) For the 2010-2011 performance period, both minimum FX-neutral revenue and non-GAAP operating margin dollars thresholds must be met in order for there to be any incentive payout. As described below, for the 2011-2012 performance period, the committee decided to “decouple” the two performance measures so that funding for each measure is dependent on achievement of the minimum threshold for that measure.

 

(2) Non-GAAP operating margin dollars excludes certain items, primarily stock-based compensation expense and related payroll taxes, amortization of acquired intangible assets, certain one-time gains and losses, and income taxes related to these items.

For the 2010-2011 performance period, once the minimum thresholds for FX-neutral revenue and non-GAAP operating margin dollars were reached, each of these performance measures was calculated independently, with minimum performance equal to 25%, target 50%, and maximum 100%. The two measures, weighted equally, were then added together and this total (modified by the third measure, which was return on invested capital, as described below) became a multiplier for the target award to determine the actual number of shares awarded. The return on invested capital measure could have increased or decreased the award by up to 20% depending upon actual performance. Accordingly, performance-based restricted stock unit awards could have ranged from 0% to 240% of an executive officer’s target award, based on eBay’s financial performance for the year (including the impact of the return on invested capital modifier).

Beginning with the 2011-2012 performance period, the committee decided that the revenue and operating margin dollars performance criteria would operate independently, so that a portion of award would be granted if either the revenue threshold or the non-GAAP operating margin dollars threshold is reached. However, if the minimum performance level for one criterion is not met, then there is no funding attributable to that performance measure. For example, if the minimum revenue threshold is not met, but the target non-GAAP operating margin dollars target is met, the funding level would be 50% of the total payout that would have been earned had the target performance levels for both criteria been met, which would then be modified by the return on invested capital measure, as described above.

The following table sets forth the performance measures for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 performance periods and eBay’s actual performance, where applicable, for those periods. The performance measures for both the 2011 portion of the 2010-2011 performance period and the performance measures for the 24-month 2011-2012 performance period were set in the first quarter of 2011.

 

     Minimum     Target     Maximum     Actual     Award Payout  
2010-2011 Performance Period
Targets for 2010:
          

FX-neutral revenue

   $ 8.34B      $ 8.96B      $ 9.86B      $ 9.16B                    121

Non-GAAP operating margin dollars

   $ 2.62B      $ 2.76B      $ 3.03B      $ 2.70B        80

Return on invested capital

     19.1     23.9     28.7     25.0     105

Targets for 2011:

          

FX-neutral revenue

   $ 9.84B      $ 10.58B      $ 11.43B      $ 11.652B        200

Non-GAAP operating margin dollars

   $ 2.96B      $ 3.12B      $ 3.37B      $ 3.23B        147

Return on invested capital

     21.3     26.6     31.9     23.9     90
Total Payout for the 2010-2011 Performance Period:              131
2011-2012 Performance Period Targets (the entire 24-month performance period):           

FX-neutral revenue

   $ 20.999B      $ 22.58B      $ 24.39B        N/A        N/A   

Non-GAAP operating margin dollars

   $ 6.24B      $ 6.57B      $ 7.09B        N/A        N/A   

Return on invested capital

     21.2     26.5     31.8     N/A        N/A   

 

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Based on eBay’s performance during the 2010-2011 performance period, the portion of the performance-based restricted stock units allocable to the 2011 portion of the period was granted at 157% of target and the portion of the performance-based restricted stock units allocable to the 2010 portion of the period was granted at 105% of target, resulting in an award at 131% of target for the 24-month performance period. As discussed above, the 2011-2012 performance period consists of a single 24-month performance period. As a result, the company’s performance will be measured after the end of the 24-month performance period.

Similar to the approach taken regarding the eIP described above, the committee determined that results from GSI would be included in determining whether the revenue and non-GAAP operating margin dollars targets had been met for the 2011 portion of the 2010-2011 performance period. While the inclusion of results from GSI had a positive impact on the results for the revenue and non-GAAP operating margin dollars performance measures, it had a negative impact on the return on invested capital modifier. The committee did not make any determination regarding the inclusion of results from GSI for the 2011-2012 performance period and will not do so until after the performance period ends.

Supplemental Grant of Time-Based Restricted Stock Units. In September 2011, in connection with the hiring of Mr. Wenig to lead the company’s Marketplaces business, the committee decided that it was necessary to provide additional equity grants for retention and incentive purposes to key members of the senior Marketplaces team, including Mr. Carges.

Deferred Compensation Plan

Under the terms of our deferred compensation plan, eligible members of senior management may defer receipt of their compensation, including up to 50% of their salaries, up to 100% of their bonuses, and, if and to the extent permitted by the committee, up to 100% of their time-based restricted stock units and performance-based restricted stock units. To date, the committee has not permitted participants to defer their time-based restricted stock units or performance-based restricted stock units. The committee may, but has no obligation to, make discretionary contributions on behalf of a participant in the plan, in such form and amount as it deems appropriate (in its sole discretion). The plan does not provide any preferential or above market earnings on amounts contributed to the plan. To date, we have not made any contributions to the plan on behalf of any named executive officer. Mr. Donahoe elected to defer a portion of the bonus he earned in 2010 under the plan, and that amount was contributed to the plan when the bonus was paid in 2011. Mr. Donahoe also elected to defer a portion of the bonus he earned in 2011 under the eIP, but that amount was not contributed to the plan until the bonus was paid in 2012. Mr. Swan elected to defer a portion of the bonus he earned in 2010 under the plan, and that amount was contributed to the plan when the bonus was paid in 2011. Mr. Swan also elected to defer a portion of his salary paid during 2011 and a portion of the bonus he earned in 2011 under the eIP, but the bonus amount was not contributed to the plan until the bonus was paid in 2012.

Perquisites

We provide certain executive officers with perquisites and other personal benefits that the committee believes are reasonable and consistent with our overall compensation programs and philosophy. These benefits are provided to enable us to attract and retain these executives. The committee periodically reviews the levels of these benefits provided to our executive officers. Of these benefits, the most significant ongoing benefit is allowing certain executive officers to use the corporate airplane for personal use. For 2011, Mr. Donahoe’s personal use of the corporate airplane was limited to 50 hours (plus usage in connection with travel to board meetings where Mr. Donahoe serves as an outside board member) and Mr. Swan’s personal use of the corporate airplane was limited to 20 hours. We do not grant bonuses to cover, reimburse, or otherwise “gross up” any income tax owed for personal travel on the corporate airplane.

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related to moving from New York to the San Francisco Bay Area (including transportation, temporary housing, and a supplemental payment to assist him with the purchase of a home) and related tax reimbursements, consistent with the company’s existing relocation policies. There was no tax reimbursement for the supplemental payment related to the purchase of his home. In the event that Mr. Wenig’s employment ceases for reasons of cause or resignation prior to the completion of one year of service from his start date, the home purchase payment is fully refundable to the company. If Mr. Wenig’s employment ceases for reasons of “cause” (as defined in his offer letter) or resignation after one year but prior to the third anniversary of his start date, his repayment obligation will be reduced by 1/36th for every full month of active employment. Mr. Wenig’s relocation assistance was negotiated as part of the terms of his offer to join the company. The committee believes it was necessary to offer Mr. Wenig relocation assistance in order to attract him to join the company.

Equity Compensation Grant Practices

We do not have any program, plan, or practice to select equity compensation (including stock option) grant dates in coordination with the release of material non-public information, nor do we time the release of information for the purpose of affecting value. We do not backdate options or grant options retroactively. For all stock options granted after January 1, 2006, employees have seven years from the date of the grant to exercise vested options, assuming they remain an employee of or service provider to an eBay company and subject to any requirements of local law.

New Hire Grants. New hire grants of equity compensation are made to eligible employees in connection with the commencement of employment. We have maintained a rules-based approach to new hire option grants since inception. Since July 2006, our grant practice has been to provide that new hire options are granted in full (other than sizeable new hire grants) on the second Friday of the month following the month in which employment commences. In all cases, the options are priced at the closing price of our stock on the date of grant. These grants generally become fully vested after four years, with 1/4th of the grant vesting on the first anniversary of the date of commencement of employment and 1/48th of the grant vesting monthly thereafter. Sizeable new hire grants are made in two equal tranches, with the first grant made and priced as described above and the second grant made and priced at the closing market price of our stock on the date 26 weeks from the date of the first grant. Both tranches vest with respect to 1/4th of the shares on the first anniversary of the date of commencement of employment and 1/48th of the shares vesting monthly thereafter.

Grants of new hire time-based restricted stock units are granted on the second Friday of the month following the month in which employment commences. These grants generally become vested after four years, with 1/4th of the grant vesting on each anniversary of the grant date, assuming that the recipient remains an employee of or service provider to an eBay company and subject to any requirements of local law.

Focal Grants. Beginning in 2012, focal stock option grants will be awarded on April 1 of each year (or, if April 1 is not a trading day, the next trading day with vesting effective as of April 1) and will be priced at the closing market price of our stock on the date of the grant. Focal grants of time-based restricted stock units are granted at the same time as focal stock option grants. In the past, these annual awards were granted on March 1 of each year (or if March 1 was not a trading day, the next trading day with vesting effective as of March 1). We shifted the timing of the focal grants to allow our people managers more time to finalize annual performance ratings of employees. In addition, the April 1 date still allows us to close our financial statements for the prior year and announce earnings for the prior year prior to the determination of the awards. Focal stock option grants generally become fully vested after four years, with 1/8th of the grant vesting six months after the vesting commencement date and 1/48th of the grant vesting monthly thereafter. Focal stock option grants awarded to executives are priced and granted to executives on the same date and at the same price that they are priced and granted to the rest of our employees and have the same four-year vesting schedule.

Focal grants of time-based restricted stock units generally become fully vested after four years, with 1/4th of the grant vesting on the anniversary of the vesting commencement date, assuming the recipient remains an employee of or service provider to an eBay company and subject to any requirements of local law.

 

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Employment Agreements, Change-in-Control Arrangements, and Severance Arrangements with Executive Officers

In connection with becoming President and CEO as of March 31, 2008, the compensation arrangements for Mr. Donahoe were modified to include severance arrangements. In addition, in July 2008 (at the same time other changes to Mr. Swan’s compensation were made), Mr. Swan’s compensation arrangements were modified to include severance arrangements. Under these arrangements, each is entitled to receive a cash payment equal to one year’s target cash compensation.

Mr. Wenig’s offer letter provides that he is entitled to the following severance arrangements: (1) if he is terminated without “cause” (as defined in his offer letter) within two years of his start date, he is entitled to receive a cash payment equal to two times the sum of (a) his annual base salary and (b) a bonus replacement amount equal to 100% of his base salary and (2) if he is terminated without “cause” after two years of employment, he will be treated in a manner consistent with similarly situated executives.

Mr. Saridakis’ offer letter provides that if he is terminated without “cause” or if he resigns with “good reason” (as defined in his offer letter) within two years after the closing of the company’s acquisition of GSI, he is entitled to: (1) an amount equal to two times his annual base salary if his termination occurs prior to the first anniversary of the closing of the acquisition or one times his annual base salary if his termination occurs on or after the first anniversary but prior to the second anniversary of the closing of the acquisition, (2) a prorated portion of his bonus for the year in which the termination occurs, (3) to the extent Mr. Saridakis elects to receive continued health or dental benefits under the company’s group health plan pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended, over a period of up to 18 months, cash payments equal to the monthly premium charged for such coverage, and (4) full acceleration of any outstanding restricted stock awards that were granted to Mr. Saridakis prior to the closing of the acquisition and were converted into eBay restricted stock units in connection with the acquisition. Mr. Saridakis is not entitled to any severance arrangements if his employment is terminated after the second anniversary of the closing of the acquisition.

The company has not entered into any arrangements with any of its executive officers to provide “single trigger” severance payments upon a change of control.

When establishing these severance arrangements, the committee attempted to provide severance benefits that struck a balance between providing sufficient protections for the executive officer while still providing compensation that is reasonable and in the best interests of eBay and its stockholders. In addition, in the case of Mr. Wenig, the committee believes it was necessary to provide severance arrangements in order to attract him to join the company, and in the case of Mr. Saridakis, the committee believes it was necessary to provide severance arrangements to retain him following the acquisition of GSI.

In addition, our equity incentive plans generally provide for the acceleration of vesting of awards granted under the plans upon a change of control (as defined in the applicable plan) only if the acquiring entity does not agree to assume or continue the awards. These provisions generally apply to all holders of awards under the equity incentive plans. See “Potential Payments upon Termination or Change of Control” below for information regarding our payment obligations pursuant to the compensation arrangements for each of our named executive officers, assuming that their employment was terminated or a change in control occurred on December 31, 2011.

Stock Ownership Guidelines

In September 2004, the Board adopted stock ownership guidelines to better align the interests of our executives with the interests of stockholders and further promote our commitment to sound corporate governance. Under the guidelines, executive officers are required to achieve ownership of our common stock valued at three times their annual base salary (five times in the case of the CEO). The guidelines provide that the required ownership level for each executive officer is recalculated whenever an executive officer changes pay grade or as of January 1 of the year on or after the third anniversary of the last revision of the guidelines. Until an

 

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executive achieves the required level of ownership, he or she is required to retain 25% of the after-tax net shares received as the result of the exercise of our stock options or the vesting of restricted stock or restricted stock units. A more detailed summary of the stock ownership guidelines can be found on our website at http://investor.ebayinc.com/governance.cfm. The ownership levels of our executive officers as of March 8, 2012 are set forth in the section entitled “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management” above. We also have an insider trading policy that, among other things, prohibits employees from trading any instrument that relates to the future price of our stock. Other than the ownership guidelines described above, we do not have a policy regarding the length of time executives or directors have to hold their stock after exercise or vesting.

Impact of Accounting and Tax Requirements on Compensation

We are limited by Section 162(m) of the Code to a deduction for federal income tax purposes of up to $1 million of compensation paid to our CEO and any of our three most highly compensated executive officers, other than our CFO, in a taxable year. Compensation above $1 million may be deducted if, by meeting certain technical requirements, it can be classified as “performance-based compensation.” The eIP was most recently approved by our stockholders in 2010, and the portion of the awards attributable to company performance is intended to qualify as “performance-based compensation” under Section 162(m). Certain grants under the 2008 Equity Incentive Award Plan, which was approved by our stockholders in 2008, are also intended to qualify as “performance-based compensation.” Although the committee uses the requirements of Section 162(m) as a guideline, deductibility is not the sole factor it considers in assessing the appropriate levels and types of executive compensation and it will elect to forgo deductibility when the committee believes it to be in the best interests of the company and our stockholders.

In addition to considering the tax consequences, the committee considers the accounting consequences of, including the impact of the Financial Accounting Standard Board’s Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718, its decisions in determining the forms of different awards and generally attempts to keep the value of awards equivalent regardless of type.

Conclusion

In evaluating the individual components of overall compensation for each of our executive officers, the committee reviews not only the individual elements of compensation, but also total compensation. Through the compensation programs described above, a significant portion of the compensation awarded to our executive officers is contingent upon individual and eBay performance. The committee remains committed to this philosophy of pay-for-performance and will continue to review executive compensation programs to ensure that the interests of our stockholders are served.

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE REPORT

The Compensation Committee reviews and approves eBay’s compensation programs on behalf of the Board. In fulfilling its oversight responsibilities, the committee reviewed and discussed with management the Compensation Discussion and Analysis set forth in this proxy statement. Based upon the review and discussions referred to above, the Compensation Committee recommended to the Board that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in this proxy statement and eBay’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011.

COMPENSATION COMMITTEE

Edward W. Barnholt (Chairman)

William C. Ford, Jr.

Thomas J. Tierney

 

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COMPENSATION TABLES

SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

The following table summarizes the total compensation earned by each of our named executive officers for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2011, 2010, and 2009. We do not have individual long-term employment arrangements with any of our named executive officers. In setting the individual components of compensation for each of our named executive officers, the Compensation Committee reviews not only the individual elements of compensation, but also total compensation, including the value of equity compensation.

 

Name and Principal

Position

  Year     Salary
($)(1)
    Bonus     Stock
Awards
($)(2)
    Option
Awards

($)(3)
    Non-Equity
Incentive Plan
Compensation
($)(4)
    Change in
Pension
Value and
Nonqualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings

($)
    All Other
Compensation

($)(5)
    Total  

John J. Donahoe

    2011      $ 945,577      $ 0      $ 8,854,607      $ 3,799,993      $ 2,688,984        0      $ 167,367      $ 16,456,528   

President and Chief Executive Officer

    2010        920,673        0      $ 5,586,045        3,735,000        1,895,113        0        245,655        12,382,486   
    2009        934,615        0        4,450,388        2,483,682        2,091,669        0        172,394        10,132,748   

Robert H. Swan

    2011        795,135        0        3,951,608        1,608,000        1,292,094        0        55,981        7,702,818   

Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

    2010        768,606        200,000 (6)      2,447,700        1,867,500        988,811        0        82,080        6,354,697   
    2009        778,846        200,000 (6)      1,362,375        2,323,600        1,162,038        0        73,530        5,900,389   

Christopher D. Saridakis

    2011        323,077        5,000,000 (8)      8,519,259        0        555,000 (9)      0        8,146        14,405,482   

President, GSI(7)

                 

Devin N. Wenig

    2011        187,500        0        10,153,581        1,292,086        257,812        0        1,192,600        13,083,579   

President, eBay Marketplaces

                 

Mark T. Carges

    2011        581,462        0        7,533,849        918,811        654,144        0        10,736        9,699,002   

Chief Technology
Officer and

    2010        562,404        0        1,059,675        747,000        542,649        0        10,736        2,922,464   

Senior Vice President, Global

    2009        571,154        0        1,290,188        968,715        623,058        0        10,638        3,463,753   

Products, Marketplaces

                 

 

(1) For 2011: effective March 1, 2011, certain eligible employees of eBay, including the named executive officers who were our employees as of March 1, 2011, received an annual salary increase representing: (i) in the case of Mr. Donahoe, a salary of $950,000 per annum; (ii) in the case of Mr. Swan, a salary of $800,000 per annum; and (iii) in the case of Mr. Carges, a salary of $585,000 per annum. Total salary amounts reported are lower than these 2011 annual salary increases because lower salaries were in effect for a portion of 2011. Mr. Saridakis received a salary of $600,000 per annum effective June 17, 2011 (the commencement date of his employment immediately following the acquisition of GSI). Mr. Wenig received a salary of $750,000 per annum effective September 26, 2011 (the commencement date of his employment).

For 2010: effective March 2, 2010, certain eligible employees of eBay, including the named executive officers who were our employees as of March 2, 2010, received an annual salary increase representing: (i) in the case of Mr. Donahoe, a salary of $925,000 per annum; (ii) in the case of Mr. Swan, a salary of $772,500 per annum; and (iii) in the case of Mr. Carges, a salary of $565,000 per annum. Total salary amounts reported are lower than these 2010 annual salary increases because lower salaries were in effect for a portion of 2010.

For 2009: total salary amounts reported for Mr. Donahoe, Mr. Swan and Mr. Carges in 2009 are higher than their annual salary in 2010 due to the inclusion of an extra pay period in 2009.

 

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(2) Reflects the aggregate grant date fair value of stock awards, computed in accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718, Compensation-Stock Compensation, granted in 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively. We calculated the estimated fair value of stock awards (other than performance-based restricted stock units) using the fair value of our common stock on the date of the grant.

For 2011, 2010, and 2009, includes the grant date fair value of time-based restricted stock units.

For 2011: also represents the estimated fair value of performance-based restricted stock units for (a) the second 12 months of the 2010-2011 performance period and (b) the 24-month 2011-2012 performance period based on the probable outcome of the performance conditions for fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2011-2012, respectively, on the date that each award was communicated to each of our named executive officers and the fair value of our common stock on that date. Assuming the highest level of performance is achieved under the applicable performance criteria for fiscal 2011, the maximum possible value of the performance-based restricted stock unit awards allocated to our named executive officers for the second 12 months of the 2010-2011 performance period, using the fair value of our common stock on the date that the target amounts for such awards were communicated to each of our named executive officers, is: (i) in the case of Mr. Donahoe; $4,587,000; (ii) in the case of Mr. Swan, $2,293,500; and (iii) in the case of Mr. Carges, $917,400. Assuming the highest level of performance is achieved under the applicable performance criteria for fiscal 2011-12, the maximum possible value of the performance-based restricted stock unit awards allocated to our named executive officers for the 24-month 2011-2012 performance period, using the fair value of our common stock on the date that the target amounts for such awards were communicated to each of our named executive officers, is: (i) in the case of Mr. Donahoe, $6,477,731; (ii) in the case of Mr. Swan, $2,752,200; (iii) in the case of Mr. Wenig, $4,442,684; and (iv) in the case of Mr. Carges, $1,572,791.

For 2010: also represents the estimated fair value of performance-based restricted stock units for (a) the second 12 months of the 2009-2010 performance period and (b) the first 12 months of the 2010-2011 performance period, in each case based on the probable outcome of the performance conditions for fiscal 2010 on the date that each award was communicated to each of our named executive officers and the fair value of our common stock on that date. Assuming the highest level of performance is achieved under the applicable performance criteria for fiscal 2010, the maximum possible value of the performance-based restricted stock unit awards allocated to our named executive officers for (a) the second 12 months of the 2009-2010 performance period and (b) the first 12 months of the 2010-2011 performance period, using the fair value of our common stock on the date that the target amounts for such awards were communicated to each of our named executive officers, is: (a) in the case of Mr. Donahoe, $6,242,542; (b) in the case of Mr. Swan, $2,292,480; and (c) in the case of Mr. Carges, $1,110,420.

For 2009: also represents the estimated fair value of performance-based restricted stock units based on the probable outcome of the performance conditions on the date that each award was communicated to each of our named executive officers for the first 12 months of the 2009-2010 performance period and the fair value of our common stock on that date. Assuming the highest level of performance is achieved under the applicable performance criteria for fiscal 2009, the maximum possible value of the performance-based restricted stock unit awards allocated to our named executive officers for the first 12 months of the 2009-2010 performance period, using the fair value of our common stock on the date that the target amounts for such awards were communicated to each of our named executive officers, is: (a) in the case of Mr. Donahoe, $1,169,837; (b) in the case of Mr. Swan, $220,500; and (c) in the case of Mr. Carges, $173,250.

 

(3) Reflects the aggregate grant date fair value of option awards, computed in accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718, Compensation-Stock Compensation, for option awards granted in 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

We calculated the estimated fair value of each option award on the date of grant using a modified Black-Scholes option pricing model. The weighted-averages of the assumptions used during 2011 were: risk-free interest rate of 1.53%; expected life of 4.46 years; no dividend yield; and expected volatility of 37.62%. The weighted-averages of the assumptions used during 2010 were: risk-free interest rate of 1.81%; expected life

 

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of 4.23 years; no dividend yield; and expected volatility of 35.56%. The weighted-averages of the assumptions used during 2009 were: risk-free interest rate of 1.7%; expected life of 3.8 years; no dividend yield; and expected volatility of 47%. Our computation of expected volatility was based on a combination of historical and market-based implied volatility from traded options on our stock. Our computation of expected life was determined based on historical experience of similar awards, giving consideration to the contractual terms of the stock-based awards, vesting schedules and expectations of future employee behavior. The interest rate for periods within the contractual life of the award is based on the U.S. Treasury yield curve in effect at the time of grant.

 

(4) For 2011: except for Mr. Saridakis, represents amounts paid pursuant to the eIP in 2012 for services rendered in 2011. For Mr. Saridakis, represents amounts paid pursuant to the GLIP in 2012 for services rendered in 2011.

For 2010: represents amounts paid pursuant to the eIP in 2011 for services rendered in 2010.

For 2009: represents amounts paid pursuant to the eIP in 2010 for services rendered in 2009.

For 2011, 2010 and 2009, total annual target incentive amounts under the eIP for the named executive officers were based 75% on company performance and 25% on individual performance. No funding occurs under the eIP for individual performance unless the minimum thresholds for both company-wide revenue and non-GAAP net income are met; in each of 2011, 2010 and 2009, these thresholds were met. See the discussion under the section entitled “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Elements of Compensation/Executive Compensation Practices — Short-term Cash Incentive Awards — eBay Incentive Plan (eIP)” above for further details.

 

(5) Includes the amounts outlined in the table below. Also includes: (a) the cost of certain information technology support services provided for computer equipment located at the residences of our named executive officers; (b) matching contributions by eBay to a 401(k) savings plan (subject to a maximum of $9,800 per employee for each of 2011, 2010 and 2009, in each case including our named executive officers); and (c) premiums paid for group life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment coverage for the benefit of the named executive officer. Perquisites are valued at the incremental cost of providing such perquisites, net of any reimbursements provided by our named executive officers.

“Personal Airplane Usage” consists of the incremental cost to eBay of personal usage of its corporate airplane (which includes use of the corporate airplane by executives who serve on the board of another entity to attend such board meetings) and is calculated based on a methodology that includes the weighted average cost of fuel, maintenance expenses, parts and supplies, landing fees, ground services, catering, and crew expenses associated with such use, including those associated with “deadhead” flights related to such use. Because the corporate airplane is used primarily for business travel, the methodology excludes fixed costs that do not change based on usage. Fixed costs include pilot salaries, the purchase or lease costs of the airplane, and the cost of maintenance not related to such personal travel. Executives, their families, and invited guests occasionally fly on the corporate airplane as additional passengers on business flights. In those cases, the aggregate incremental cost to eBay is a de minimis amount, and as a result, no amount is reflected in the table. Executives, directors, and their families also occasionally fly on the corporate airplane as additional passengers on personal flights that are attributed to another executive, in which case the entire incremental cost is allocated to the executive who arranged for the personal flight. We do not grant bonuses to cover, reimburse or otherwise “gross-up” any income tax owed for personal travel on the corporate airplane.

“Relocation Assistance” consists of costs and expenses related to Mr. Wenig moving from New York to the San Francisco Bay Area and his purchase of a home. Mr. Wenig received $101,195 to cover relocation costs and expenses for Mr. Wenig and his family and $1,000,000 to help cover the cost of purchasing a home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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“Tax Reimbursements” consists of the reimbursement of Mr. Wenig for the costs of income taxes relating to relocation assistance provided to him. There was no tax reimbursement for the supplemental payment related to the purchase of Mr. Wenig’s home.

 

Name

   Year      Personal
Airplane
Usage (other
than Outside
Board
Meetings)($)(a)
     Personal
Airplane
Usage
(Outside
Board
Meetings)($)
     Relocation
Assistance  ($)
     Tax
Reimbursements($)
 

John J. Donahoe

     2011       $ 10,036       $ 145,445         —           —     
     2010         220,196         13,632         —           —     
     2009         121,528         38,938         —           —     

Robert H. Swan

     2011         44,245         —           —           —     
     2010         71,000         —           —           —     
     2009         62,506         —           —           —     

Christopher D. Saridakis

     2011         —           —           —           —     

Devin N. Wenig

     2011         —           —         $ 1,101,195       $ 91,178   

Mark T. Carges

     2011         —           —           —           —     
     2010         —           —           —           —     
     2009         —           —           —           —     

 

  (a) Amounts are net of any reimbursements made by our named executive officers for personal airplane usage.

 

(6) For 2010: represents $200,000 paid under Mr. Swan’s special retention plan, representing the final installment under such plan.

For 2009: represents $200,000 paid under Mr. Swan’s special retention plan.

 

(7) Reflects amounts paid to Mr. Saridakis by the Company in 2011 during his employment with the Company, which commenced on June 19, 2011, immediately following the completion of the acquisition of GSI.

 

(8) Represents a special transaction bonus payable under Mr. Saridakis’ Transition Incentive Agreement with GSI. This bonus was ratified by eBay’s Compensation Committee on June 22, 2011 and is subject to a repayment obligation if Mr. Saridakis’ employment terminates for reasons other than “cause” or “good reason” (each as defined in the letter agreement between Mr. Saridakis and eBay), which is reduced by 1/36th over a 36-month period. See the discussion under the section titled “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Elements of Compensation/Executive Compensation Practices — Special Transaction Bonus.”

 

(9) For 2011: represents amounts paid pursuant to the GLIP in 2012 for services rendered in 2011. See discussion under the section titled “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Elements of Compensation/Executive Compensation Practices – GSI Leadership Incentive Plan (GLIP).”

 

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GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS

The following table sets forth for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, certain information regarding grants of plan-based awards to each of our named executive officers.

 

Name

  Approval
Date
    Grant
Date
    Estimated Future
Payouts Under Non-Equity
Incentive Plan Awards(1)
    Estimated Future
Payouts Under Equity
Incentive Plan Awards(2)
    All
Other
Stock
Awards:
Number
of
Shares
of Stock
or Units
(#)
    All Other
Option
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Options
(#)
    Exercise
or Base
Price of
Option
Awards
($/Sh)
    Grant
Date Fair
Value
($)(3)
 
      Threshold
($)
    Target
($)
    Maximum
($)
    Threshold
(#)
    Target
(#)
    Maximum
(#)
         

John J. Donahoe

    2/7/2011        3/1/2011        —          —          —          —          —          —          —          354,477      $ 32.29      $ 3,799,993   
    2/7/2011        3/1/2011        —          —          —          —          —          —          88,262        —          32.29        2,849,980   

eIP – company performance(4)

    N/A        N/A      $ 620,535      $ 1,241,070      $ 2,647,615        —          —          —          —          —          —          —     

eIP – individual performance(5)

    N/A        N/A        —          413,690        827,380        —          —          —          —          —          —          —     

PBRSUs (second 12 months of 2010-2011 performance period)

    2/7/2011        3/21/2011        —          —          —          31,250        62,500        150,000        —          —          —          1,911,250   

PBRSUs (2011-2012 performance period)

    2/7/2011        3/21/2011        —          —          —          44,131        88,262        211,829        —          —          —          2,699,052   

Robert H. Swan

    2/7/2011        3/1/2011        —          —          —          —          —          —          —          150,000        32.29        1,608,000   
    2/7/2011        3/1/2011        —          —          —          —          —          —          37,500        —          32.29        1,210,875   

eIP – company performance(4)

    N/A        N/A        303,863        607,726        1,294,966        —          —          —          —          —          —          —     

eIP – individual performance(5)

    N/A        N/A        —          202,575        405,151        —          —          —          —          —          —          —     

PBRSUs (second 12 months of 2010-2011) performance period)

    2/7/2011        3/21/2011        —          —          —          15,625        31,250        75,000        —          —          —          955,625   

PBRSUs (2011-2012 performance period)

    2/7/2011        3/21/2011        —          —          —          18,750        37,500        90,000        —          —          —          1,146,750   

Christopher D. Saridakis

    6/22/2011        7/8/2011        —          —          —          —          —          —          254,915       —          33.42        8,519,259   

GLIP(6)

    N/A        N/A        80,004        400,020        600,030        —          —          —          —          —          —          —     

Performance Award Agreement(7)

    N/A        6/16/2011        —          —          30,000,000                 

Devin N. Wenig

    9/1/2011        10/14/2011        —          —          —          —          —          —          —          113,740        33.69        1,292,086   
    9/1/2011        10/14/2011        —          —          —          —          —          —          56,870        —          33.69        1,915,950   
    9/1/2011        10/14/2011        —          —          —          —          —          —          189,567        —          33.69        6,386,512   

eIP – company performance(4)

    N/A        N/A        70,312        140,625        300,000        —          —          —          —          —          —          —     

eIP- individual performance(5)

    N/A        N/A        —          46,875        93,750        —          —          —          —          —          —          —     

PBRSUs (2011-2012 performance period)

    9/1/2011        9/26/2011        —          —          —          28,435        56,870        136,488        —          —          —          1,851,119   

Mark T. Carges

    2/7/2011        3/1/2011        —          —          —          —          —          —          —          85,710        32.29        918,811   
    2/7/2011        3/1/2011        —          —          —          —          —          —          35,720        —          32.29        1,153,399   
    2/7/2011        3/1/2011        —          —          —          —          —          —          21,430        —          32.29        691,975   
    9/28/2011        10/14/2011        —          —          —          —          —          —          128,778        —          33.69        4,338,531   

eIP – company performance(4)

    N/A        N/A        163,536        327,072        697,754        —          —          —          —          —          —          —     

eIP – individual performance(5)

    N/A        N/A        —          109,024        218,048        —          —          —          —          —          —          —     

PBRSUs (second 12 months of 2010-2011) performance period)

    2/7/2011        3/21/2011        —          —          —          6,250        12,500        30,000        —          —          —          382,250   

PBRSUs (2011-2012 performance period)

    2/7/2011        3/21/2011        —          —          —          10,715        21,430        51,432        —          —          —          655,329   

 

(1) In 2011, the total annual target incentive amounts under the eIP for the named executive officers were 175% of base salary for Mr. Donahoe, 100% for each of Mr. Swan and Mr. Wenig, and 75% for Mr. Carges. In 2011, the total annual target incentive amounts for the named executive officers under the eIP were allocated 75% to company performance and 25% to individual performance. No funding occurs for the individual performance component of the eIP unless the minimum thresholds for both company-wide revenue and non-GAAP net income for 2011 are met; in 2011, these thresholds were met.

 

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In 2011, the target annual incentive amount under the GLIP was 66.67% of base salary for Mr. Saridakis.

 

(2) The amounts shown reflect estimated payouts of performance-based restricted stock units (“PBRSUs”) for (a) the second 12 months of the 2010-2011 performance period and (b) the 24-month 2011-2012 performance period. For each performance period: (a) the amounts shown in the column entitled “Threshold” reflect the awards if both the minimum revenue and operating margin thresholds have been met (and reflect the lowest return on invested capital modifier), which are 50% of the amounts shown under the column entitled “Target;” and (b) the amounts shown in the column entitled “Maximum” reflect the awards if the maximum revenue and operating margin amounts are met (and reflect the maximum return on invested capital modifier) and are 240% of the amounts shown under the column entitled “Target.”

 

(3) Reflects the aggregate grant date fair value of the awards, computed in accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718, Compensation-Stock Compensation. We calculated the estimated fair value of each stock award using the fair value of our common stock on the date of the grant. The estimated fair value of performance-based restricted stock units is based on the probable outcome of the performance conditions on the date that each award was communicated to each of our named executive officers for the second 12 months of the 2010-2011 performance period and the 24-month 2011-2012 performance period, as applicable, and the fair value of our common stock on that date. We calculated the estimated fair value of each option award on the date of grant using a modified Black-Scholes option pricing model. The weighted-averages of the assumptions used during 2011 were: risk-free interest rate of 1.53%; expected life of 4.46 years; no dividend yield; and expected volatility of 37.62%. Our computation of expected volatility was based on a combination of historical and market-based implied volatility from traded options on our stock. Our computation of expected life was determined based on historical experience of similar awards, giving consideration to the contractual terms of the stock-based awards, vesting schedules, and expectations of future employee behavior. The interest rate for periods within the contractual life of the award is based on the U.S. Treasury yield curve in effect at the time of grant.

 

(4) The amounts shown reflect estimated payouts for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 under the eIP for the portion of the award payable based on the company’s performance. The amounts shown in the column entitled “Threshold” reflect the minimum payment levels if the minimum revenue and non-GAAP net income thresholds have been met, which are 50% of the amounts shown under the column entitled “Target.” The amounts shown in the column titled “Maximum” represent (a) the maximum amount payable based on the company’s annual financial performance (200% of the amounts shown under the column entitled “Target”), plus (b) the maximum incentive payouts for achievement of the net promoter score and employee engagement metrics (an aggregate of 10% of the amounts shown under the column entitled “Target”). The payouts for the achievement of the net promoter score and employee engagement metrics are independent from the payout tied to the company’s financial performance (but will only be paid in a year when the company’s minimum financial performance metrics are met). Actual payouts to our named executive officers under the eIP for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 are reflected in the column entitled “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” in the Summary Compensation Table above. No payouts were made for the performance measures related to improvements in net promoter score or employee engagement because the targets were not met.

 

(5) The amounts shown reflect estimated payouts for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 under the eIP for the portion of the award payable based on individual performance. There are no thresholds under the eIP for individual performance; however, no payout for individual performance occurs under the eIP for individual performance unless the minimum thresholds for both company-wide revenue and non-GAAP net income are met. The amounts shown in the column entitled “Target” reflect 100% of the target award for individual performance, and the amounts shown in the column entitled “Maximum” are 200% of the amounts shown under the column entitled “Target.” Actual payouts to our named executive officers under the eIP for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 are reflected in the column entitled “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” in the Summary Compensation Table above.

 

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(6) The amounts shown reflect estimated payouts for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 for Mr. Saridakis under the GLIP. The amount shown in the column entitled “Threshold” reflects the minimum payment level if the minimum GSI non-GAAP operating income threshold has been met, which is 20% of the amount shown under the column entitled “Target”, and the amount shown in column entitled “Maximum” is 150% of the amount shown under the column entitled “Target.” Under the terms of the plan, payouts may be increased or decreased based on individual performance. The actual payout to Mr. Saridakis under the GLIP for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 is reflected in the column entitled “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” in the Summary Compensation Table above. See discussion under the section titled “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Elements of Compensation/Executive Compensation Practices — GSI Leadership Incentive Plan (GLIP).”

 

(7) Represents amounts payable to Mr. Saridakis pursuant to the Performance Award Agreement dated June 16, 2011 between Mr. Saridakis and GSI. The Performance Award Agreement provides that Mr. Saridakis is eligible to earn an award amount equal to $7,500,000 multiplied by the total number of EBITDA thresholds obtained by GSI over four separate annual performance periods beginning with 2012 and ending with 2015. If the EBITDA threshold for a particular annual performance period is not met, no amount will be payable to Mr. Saridakis for such performance period. The award is subject to a maximum payout of $30,000,000 for all four performance periods; there are no thresholds or targets for this award. See discussion under the section titled “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Elements of Compensation/Executive Compensation Practices — Special Transaction Bonus”

 

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OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR-END

The following table sets forth certain information regarding outstanding equity awards for each of our named executive officers as of December 31, 2011.

 

    Option Awards     Stock Awards  

Name

  Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
Exercisable
    Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
Unexercisable
    Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Unearned
Options
(#)
    Option
Exercise
Price
($)
    Option
Expiration
Date
    Number of
Shares or
Units of
Stock
That Have
Not
Vested
(#)
    Market
Value
Shares or
Units of
Stock
That
Have Not
Vested
($)(1)
    Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Number
of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other
Rights
That
Have Not
Vested
(#)
    Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Market
or Payout
Value of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other
Rights
That
Have Not
Vested
($)(1)
 

John J. Donahoe

    250,000        0        0      $ 39.90        3/1/2013           
    100,000        0        0        39.90        3/1/2013           
    260,400        0        0        31.93        3/1/2014           
    1,000,000        0        0        35.50        3/25/2015           
    190,163        36,611 (2)      0        25.85        3/3/2015           
    242,710        16,181 (3)      0        25.85        3/3/2015           
    242,710        16,181 (4)      0        24.93        9/1/2015           
    402,719        183,055 (5)      0        10.50        3/2/2016           
    218,750        281,250 (6)      0        23.88        3/1/2017           
    66,464        288,013 (7)      0        32.29        3/1/2018           
              60,000 (8)    $ 1,819,800       
              97,195 (9)      2,947,924       
              188,712 (10)      5,723,635       
              93,750 (11)      2,843,438       
              55,009 (12)      1,668,423       
              88,262 (13)      2,676,986       
                  150,000      $ 4,549,500 (14) 
                  211,829        6,424,744 (15) 

Robert H. Swan

    187,500        0        0        39.00        3/31/2013           
    187,500        0        0        28.36        9/29/2013           
    204,600        0        0        31.93        3/1/2014           
    160,546        10,704 (2)      0        25.85        3/3/2015           
    208,333        41,667 (16)      0        26.36        8/8/2015           
    208,333        41,667 (17)      0        13.19        2/13/2016           
    117,734        53,516 (5)      0        10.50        3/2/2016           
    109,375        140,625 (6)      0        23.88        3/1/2017           
    28,125        121,875 (7)      0        32.29        3/1/2018           
              45,500 (18)      1,380,015       
              15,000 (10)      454,950       
              46,875 (11)      1,421,719       
              10,368 (12)      314,461       
              37,500 (13)      1,137,375       
                  75,000        2,274,759 (14) 
                  90,000        2,729,700 (15) 

Christopher D. Saridakis

              19,649 (19)      595,954       
              70,049 (20)      2,124,586       
              254,915 (21)      7,731,572       

Devin N. Wenig

    0        113,740 (22)      0        33.69        10/14/2018           
              189,567 (23)      5,749,567       
              56,870 (23)      1,724,867       
                  136,488        4,139,681 (15) 

Mark T. Carges

    68,656        15,844 (24)      0        16.73        10/10/2015           

 

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    Option Awards     Stock Awards  

Name

  Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
Exercisable
    Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
Unexercisable
    Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Unearned
Options
(#)
    Option
Exercise
Price
($)
    Option
Expiration
Date
    Number of
Shares or
Units of
Stock
That Have
Not
Vested
(#)
    Market
Value
Shares
or
Units of
Stock
That
Have Not
Vested
($)(1)
    Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Number
of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other
Rights
That
Have Not
Vested
(#)
    Equity
Incentive
Plan
Awards:
Market
or Payout
Value of
Unearned
Shares,
Units or
Other
Rights
That
Have Not
Vested
($)(1)
 
    68,656        15,844 (25)      0        15.02        4/10/2016           
    73,906        33,594 (5)      0        10.50        3/2/2016           
    43,750        56,250 (6)      0        23.88        3/1/2017           
    16,070        69,640 (7)      0        32.29        3/1/2018           
              18,750 (26)      568,688       
              27,500 (10)      834,075       
              30,500 (10)      925,065       
              18,750 (11)      568,688       
              8,146 (12)      247,068       
              21,430 (13)      649,972       
              35,720 (13)      1,083,388       
              128,778 (27)      3,905,837       
                  30,000        909,900 (14) 
                  51,432        1,555,933 (15) 

 

(1) Market value calculated based on the closing price of $30.33 of our common stock on December 30, 2011 (the last trading day of 2011).

 

(2)

Focal grant. Becomes fully vested after four years; 1/8th of the grant vested on September 1, 2008, and 1/48th of the grant vests monthly thereafter.

 

(3)

First tranche of promotional grant. Becomes fully vested on March 31, 2012; 1/8th of the grant vested on September 30, 2008, and 1/48th of the grant vests monthly thereafter.

 

(4)

Second tranche of promotional grant. Becomes fully vested on March 31, 2012; 1/8th of the grant vested on September 30, 2008, and 1/48th of the grant vests monthly thereafter.

 

(5)

Focal grant. Becomes fully vested after four years; 1/8th of the grant vested on September 1, 2009, and 1/48th of the grant vests monthly thereafter.

 

(6)

Focal grant. Becomes fully vested after four years; 1/8th of the grant vested on September 1, 2010, and 1/48th of the grant vests monthly thereafter.

 

(7) Focal grant. Becomes fully vested after four years; 1/8th of the grant vested on September 1, 2011 and 1/48th of the grant vests monthly thereafter.

 

(8) Focal grant. Becomes fully vested after five years, with 30% of the grant vesting on March 1, 2010, 30% of the grant vesting on March 1, 2011, and the remaining 40% of the grant vesting on March 1, 2012.

 

(9) Promotional grant. Becomes fully vested after four years, with 25% of the grant vesting on each of March 1, 2009, March 1, 2010, March 1, 2011, and March 1, 2012.

 

(10) Focal grant. Becomes fully vested after four years, with 25% of the grant vesting on each of March 1, 2010, March 1, 2011, March 1, 2012 and March 1, 2013.

 

(11) Focal grant. Becomes fully vested after four years, with 25% of the grant vesting on each of March 1, 2011, March 1, 2012, March 1, 2013 and March 1, 2014.

 

(12) PBRSU grant. 50% of the grant vested on March 1, 2011, and the remaining 50% of the grant vested on March 1, 2012.

 

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(13) Focal grant. Becomes fully vested after four years, with 25% of the grant vesting on each of March 1, 2012, March 1, 2013, March 1, 2014 and March 1, 2015.

 

(14) Allocation of PBRSUs. Represents the estimated future award of performance-based restricted stock units at the maximum level (240% of target) under the second 12 months of the 2010-2011 performance period, assuming eBay meets the maximum threshold for non-GAAP operating margin and revenue growth and that the maximum return on investment capital modifier is applied. On January 12, 2011, the Compensation Committee determined that performance-based restricted stock units for the second 12 months of the 2010-2011 performance period would be granted at 105% of the target award. See “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Elements of Compensation/Executive Compensation Practices — Equity Incentive Awards — Performance-Based Restricted Stock Units” above for a more detailed discussion of these target awards and related performance measures.

 

(15) Allocation of PBRSUs. Represents the estimated future award of performance-based restricted stock units at the maximum level (240% of target) under the 24-month 2011-2012 performance period, assuming eBay meets the maximum threshold for non-GAAP operating margin and revenue growth and that the maximum return on investment capital modifier is applied. See “Compensation Discussion and Analysis — Elements of Compensation/Executive Compensation Practices — Equity Incentive Awards — Performance-Based Restricted Stock Units” above for a more detailed discussion of these target awards and related performance measures.

 

(16)

First tranche of a promotional grant. Becomes fully vested after four years; 1/8th of the grant vested on February 8, 2009, and 1/48th of the grant vests monthly thereafter.

 

(17)

Second tranche of a promotional grant. Becomes fully vested after four years; 1/8th of the grant vested on February 8, 2009, and 1/48th of the grant vests monthly thereafter.

 

(18)

Special retention grant. Becomes fully vested after three years, with 1/3rd of the grant vesting on March 1, 2011, March 1, 2012, and March 1, 2013.

 

(19) Assumed GSI grant. In connection with eBay’s acquisition of GSI, eBay assumed all outstanding and unvested GSI restricted stock units. Becomes fully vested after four years, with 25% of the grant vesting on each of March 15, 2012, March 15, 2013, March 15, 2014 and March 15, 2015.

 

(20) Assumed GSI grant. In connection with eBay’s acquisition of GSI, eBay assumed all outstanding and unvested GSI restricted stock units. Becomes fully vested after four years, with 25% of the grant vesting on each of April 15, 2012, April 15, 2013, April 15, 2014 and April 15, 2015.

 

(21) New hire grant. Becomes fully vested after four years, with 25% of the grant vesting on each of July 8, 2012, July 8, 2013, July 8, 2014 and July 8, 2015.

 

(22)

First tranche of a sizeable new hire grant (as defined on page 65). Becomes fully vested after four years; 25% of the grant vests on September 26, 2012 (the first anniversary of the commencement of Mr. Wenig’s employment), and 1/48th of the grant vests monthly thereafter.

 

(23) New hire grant. Becomes fully vested after four years, with 25% of the grant vesting on each of October 14, 2012, October 14, 2013, October 14, 2014 and October 14, 2015.

 

(24)

First tranche of a sizeable new hire grant. Becomes fully vested after four years; 25% of the grant vested on September 2, 2009 (the first anniversary of the commencement of Mr. Carges’ employment), and 1/48th of the grant vests monthly thereafter.

 

(25)

Second tranche of a sizeable new hire grant. Becomes fully vested after four years; 25% of the grant vested on September 2, 2009 (the first anniversary of the commencement of Mr. Carges’ employment), and 1/48th of the grant vests monthly thereafter.

 

(26) New hire grant. Becomes fully vested after four years, with 25% of the grant vesting on each of October 10, 2009, October 10, 2010, October 10, 2011 and October 10, 2012.

 

(27) Special retention grant. Becomes fully vested after four years, with 25% of the grant vesting on October 14, 2012, October 14, 2013, October 14, 2014 and October 14, 2015.

 

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OPTION EXERCISES AND STOCK VESTED

The following table sets forth the number of shares acquired and the value realized upon exercise of stock options and the vesting of stock awards during 2011 by each of our named executive officers.

 

     Option Awards      Stock Awards  

Name

   Number of
Shares
Acquired
on Exercise
(#)
     Value
Realized
on Exercise
($)(1)
     Number of
Shares
Acquired
on Vesting
(#)
     Value
Realized
on Vesting
($)(2)
 

John J. Donahoe(3)

     159,000       $ 1,159,226         322,810       $ 10,423,535   

Robert H. Swan

     —           —           166,243         5,136,588   

Christopher D. Saridakis

     —           —           —           —     

Devin N. Wenig

     —           —           —           —     

Mark T. Carges

     —           —           62,147         2,006,914   

 

(1) Value realized on exercise is based on the fair market value of our common stock on the date of exercise minus the exercise price and does not necessarily reflect proceeds actually received by the named executive officer.

 

(2) Value realized on vesting is based on the fair market value of our common stock on the vesting date and does not necessarily reflect proceeds actually received by the named executive officer.

 

(3) Includes shares sold pursuant to a 10b5-1 plan adopted in February 2011 that expired in December 2011.

NONQUALIFIED DEFERRED COMPENSATION

The following table sets forth information concerning contributions, earnings, and withdrawals/distributions during 2011 under the company’s nonqualified deferred compensation plans for each of our named executive officers:

 

Name

  Executive
Contributions in
Last FY($)
    Registrant’s
Contributions in
Last FY($)
    Aggregate Earnings
in Last FY($)(1)
    Aggregate
Withdrawals/
Distributions($)
    Aggregate Balance at
Last FYE($)
 

John J. Donahoe

  $ 1,705,602 (2)      —        $ (125,423     —        $ 1,580,179   

Robert H. Swan

    866,000 (3)      —          (80,198     —          2,154,675   

Christopher D. Saridakis

    —          —          —          —          —     

Devin N. Wenig

    —          —          —          —          —     

Mark T. Carges

    —          —          —          —          —     

 

(1) None of the earnings in this column are included in the Summary Compensation Table because they are not preferential or above market.

 

(2) Executive contributions during 2011 consisted of contributions by Mr. Donahoe of $1,705,602 of his bonus under the eIP paid in 2011 (relating to 2010 performance, which amount is reflected in the Summary Compensation Table under “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” for 2010). Mr. Donahoe also elected to defer a portion of the bonus he earned in 2011 under the eIP, but that amount was not contributed to the plan until the bonus was paid in 2012.

 

(3) Executive contributions during 2011 consisted of contributions by Mr. Swan of $791,049 of his bonus under the eIP paid in 2011 (relating to 2010 performance, which amount is reflected in the Summary Compensation Table under “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” for 2010) and $74,951 of his salary paid during 2011, which amount is reflected in the Summary Compensation Table under “Salary” for 2011. Mr. Swan also elected to defer a portion of the bonus he earned in 2011 under the eIP, but that amount was not contributed to the plan until the bonus was paid in 2012.

 

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POTENTIAL PAYMENTS UPON TERMINATION OR CHANGE OF CONTROL

The following table sets forth our payment obligations pursuant to the compensation arrangements for each of our named executive officers, under the circumstances described below, assuming that their employment was terminated or a change in control occurred on December 31, 2011.

 

Name

   Voluntary
Termination
     Involuntary Termination
other than for Cause
    Termination
for Cause
     Change in
Control(1)
 

John J. Donahoe

     0       $ 2,612,500 (2)      0         0   

Robert H. Swan

     0         1,600,000 (2)      0         0   

Christopher D. Saridakis

     0         4,347,172 (3)      0         0   

Devin N. Wenig

     0         3,000,000 (4)      0         0   

Mark T. Carges

     0         0        0         0   

 

(1) The table assumes that in a change of control transaction, the acquiring entity would assume or continue outstanding equity awards. If the acquiring entity does not assume or continue outstanding equity awards and such awards are accelerated, the aggregate value to each of the named executive officers that were executive officers of the company as of December 31, 2011, calculated based on the closing price of our common stock on December 31, 2011, would be as follows: Mr. Donahoe: $36,094,895; Mr. Swan: $16,130,983; Mr. Saridakis: $10,452,112; Mr. Wenig: $7,474,434; and Mr. Carges: $10,426,698.

 

(2) Represents one year’s target cash compensation. Target cash compensation consists of (a) annual base salary, plus (b) target annual incentive bonus, in each case, as in effect on the date of termination of employment.

 

(3) Represents the sum of (a) two times Mr. Saridakis’ annual base salary, as in effect immediately prior to his termination date, (b) target bonus amount payable to Mr. Saridakis under the GLIP, as in effect immediately prior to his termination date, (c) the aggregate value to Mr. Saridakis of the acceleration of his outstanding RSU awards granted by GSI and assumed by eBay in connection with its acquisition of GSI, based on the closing price of our common stock as of December 31, 2011, and (d) the estimated actual cost of COBRA insurance premiums for Mr. Saridakis for a period of 18 months following his termination date.

 

(4) Represents two times the sum of (a) Mr. Wenig’s annual base salary and (b) a bonus replacement amount equal to 100% of Mr. Wenig’s base salary, in each case as in effect immediately prior to his termination date.

COMPENSATION OF DIRECTORS

Board compensation is determined by the Compensation Committee. Prior to 2003, Board compensation was 100% equity based. After a review in December 2002, Board compensation was substantially revised by the Board, with equity compensation reduced and cash compensation added for retainers and board meeting fees. Board compensation has subsequently been reviewed annually by the Compensation Committee. In July 2007, the Compensation Committee increased fees payable for committee meetings and to our lead director and committee chairs and changed the annual equity component of Board compensation. In September 2010, the Compensation Committee further revised our director compensation effective January 1, 2011, and eliminated board and committee meeting fees, added retainer fees for the members of our principal committees, and changed the annual equity component of Board compensation, as further described below.

New directors who are not employees of eBay, or any parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of eBay, receive deferred stock units, or DSUs, with an initial value of $150,000. DSUs represent an unfunded, unsecured right to receive shares of eBay common stock (or the equivalent value thereof in cash or property) on a future date, and the value of DSUs varies directly with the price of eBay’s common stock. Each DSU award granted to a non-employee director upon election to the Board vests as to 25% of the DSUs on the first anniversary of the

 

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date of grant and as to 1/48th of the DSUs each month thereafter, provided the director continues as a director or consultant of eBay. DSUs are payable in stock or cash (at our election) following the termination of a non-employee director’s tenure in such capacity.

Beginning in 2003 and prior to the 2011 changes to the equity component of our non-employee director compensation, each non-employee director was granted an option to purchase 15,000 shares of our common stock at the time of each annual meeting of stockholders if he or she had served continuously as a member of the Board since the date elected or appointed to the Board. The exercise price of such option was 100% of the fair market value of the common stock on the date of grant. Beginning with the 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the number of options granted changed to equal the net present value of $110,000 (rounded to the nearest whole share), calculated using the Black-Scholes valuation methodology on the date of the grant, and each director also received $110,000 (rounded to the nearest whole share) of DSUs. Beginning with the 2011 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the option grants were discontinued, and each director now receives $220,000 (rounded to the nearest share) of DSUs at the time of each annual meeting. All options granted to non-employee directors vest as to 25% of the shares on the first anniversary of the date of grant and as to 1/48th of the shares each month thereafter, provided the optionee continues as a director or consultant of eBay through such

date. In the event of a change of control of eBay, options and DSUs granted to our non-employee directors will accelerate and become fully vested.

Except for Mr. Omidyar, eBay’s founder and Chairman of the Board, non-employee directors are paid a retainer of $50,000 per year, the chairman of the Audit Committee receives an additional $15,000 per year, the Lead Independent Director receives an additional $25,000 per year, and all other committee chairs receive an additional $10,000 per year. Non-employee directors may elect to receive, in lieu of these fees and at the time these fees would otherwise be payable (i.e., on a quarterly basis in arrears for services provided), fully-vested DSUs with an initial value equal to the amount of these fees. DSUs are payable in stock or cash (at eBay’s election) following the termination of a non-employee director’s tenure in such capacity. Beginning in January 2011, the practice of paying non-employee directors a meeting fee for each Board and committee meeting attended was discontinued, and each non-employee director who serves as a member of (i) the Audit Committee receives an annual retainer of $18,000, (ii) the Compensation Committee receives an annual retainer of $12,000, and (iii) the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee receives an annual retainer of $6,000. Directors with an interest and background in technology who meet regularly with our senior technologists and report significant matters to the Board do not receive any compensation for such service.

DIRECTOR SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

The following table summarizes the total compensation paid by the company to non-employee directors for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

 

Name

   Fees Earned
or Paid
in Cash
($)(1)
     Stock
Awards
($)(2)
     Option
Awards
($)(3)
     All Other
Compensation
($)
    Total
($)
 

Fred D. Anderson

   $ 83,000       $ 219,980       $ —           $ 302,980   

Marc L. Andreessen

     50,000         269,650         —             319,650   

Edward W. Barnholt