Petra Hofer has over 25 years of experience in the software and high technology industries as an engineer, consultant, and engineering manager. She has been with eBay since April 1999, helping the company manage its exponential growth and transforming its organizational structures in response to changing and emerging market requirements. Her team was responsible for the launch and support of eBay's international sites, growing their revenue share to account for over 50% of eBay's overall revenue. After two years of managing the development of eBay recommendations, she currently holds the position of Chief of Staff to the CTO of eBay Inc., Mark Carges. She is passionate about engineering excellence.
Prior to joining eBay, Petra spent six years at IBM's software lab in Vienna, Austria, working on IBM's speech recognition products. She also worked with public and privately held companies of all sizes including Bank of Austria, Amro Bank, and MQ-Tech, Inc.
Petra holds a degree in Computer Science and Business Administration.