Jon Macdonald to leave Trade Me in about six months

Trade Me chief executive Jon Macdonald says it's time for a rest and then do something new.

Trade Me chief executive Jon Macdonald is stepping down in about the next six months after a decade in the role and 15 years with the company.

Chairman David Kirk says in a statement that “Jon has done an enormous amount to grow and shape Trade Me over the past 15 years.

“When Jon started, Trade Me was a company of 15 staff, still finding its place in New Zealand,” Mr Kirk says.

“It is now a company of over 600 people and is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most loved and trusted brands.”

He says the company will now start a global recruitment process.

Mr Macdonald says it has been “a privilege” to work at Trade Me. “I’m very proud of the business we’ve built together and all that we’ve accomplished. But, after leading Trade Me for over 10 years, it’s time for me to take a rest and then do something new.”

Trade Me “has a long and bright future with more to do than ever and it’s a good time to pass the baton to someone with fresh eyes and a full tank of gas,” Mr Macdonald says.

In recent years Trade Me has struggled to achieve growth in its core marketplace business and is facing increasing competitive threats from Facebook Marketplace and Amazon moving into Australasia.


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What's Eliot Crowther up to these days?

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Its all up hill for Trade Me from here on in.
That has been evident for some months.
A refresh of staff will not make much difference.
The penny has been spent and things have moved on.
They are over priced ....under performing and a very cloudy future.

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They also appear to be not concentrating on creating a good experience for the buyers - who want good prices and honest sellers. Too easy for dodgy sellers to skip off.

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Pretending its still a community in drag
Fees are gouging
Americans back to save us with silk stocking, cigarettes & Facebook sales

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They are not achieving growth because they are not listening to what their customers are telling them. I have been a top seller on TM for years, and have told them how to double their fees from me, but they refuse to listen me. Use to be a great site years ago and so easy to use. Now its a nightmare.

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Maybe TM is in for some real competition in the near future?
Watch this space.....

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No fond farewells for someone who continually hydrauliced up the fees.

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The cost to sell a house on Trade me is astronomical in price for the basic package and then comes the add ones. not good

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