The news was announced by Bill Scott, PayPal’s senior director of UI engineering, on his own blog, yesterday. Scott himself had also worked at Yahoo years ago and joined PayPal six months ago from Netflix.
“Welcome aboard Doug! Stoked to be working with you again :-),” Scott wrote yesterday. (It was a note I first saw via HackerNews.)
The news signifies the Yahoo story coming full circle in way: Yahoo’s CEO Scott Thompson, currently the subject of so much scrutiny over his past experience, himself comes from PayPal and has hired other executives away from his former employer in his strategy to rebuild the struggling internet giant. (Sam Schrauger coming on board in April to lead its new consumer commerce unit is one of the latest.)
The departure is also ironic, given how Yahoo’s recovery should rest on the talent that it has working there.
So far there is little information on what he will be doing. “Part of a lot of changes happening at PayPal. Working hard to get the inside changes out to our customers,” Scott wrote of Crockford’s hire on Twitter earlier.
Update: I’ve heard back from Bill Scott with some more detail on the appointment.