John Donahoe

CEO of ServiceNow Former, CEO of eBay and Bain & Company

Bio:

John Donahoe is the president and CEO of ServiceNow. Previously he was the president and CEO of eBay from March 2008 to July 2015. Earlier in his career he worked for Bain & Company for almost 20 years, becoming the firm's CEO in 1999. John serves as Chair of the Board at Paypal, and serves on the boards of Nike and the Bridgespan Group, the leading consulting firm for non-profits. John was born in Evanston, Illinois and received a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth and an MBA from Stanford Business School. He and his wife, Eileen, have four children and three grandchildren, and live in Portola Valley, California.

Story:

A consummate life-long learner, John incorporates and shares lessons he has garnered from his varied experiences. Some notable examples include:

  • As new father and first-year student at Stanford Business School, John learned that there are always novel solutions to seemingly insurmountable challenges.

  • As a young professional at Bain, John learned the value of investing in one’s self in order to perform at a world-class level.

  • John and his wife Eileen have always embraced the opportunities and challenges that come with having ‘dual careers’.When during John’s first year as CEO of eBay, Eileen was appointed to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland … and they learned the power of a community of family and friends.

John generously shares these and other lessons with young professionals and inspires them to courageously meet the challenges they face in their personal and professional lives as they strive to perform at world-class levels.

Why Committed:

The Center embodies all that I believe is critical to a leader’s personal success: Investing in oneself, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Investing in oneself through the power of community and sharing. Having the ability to learn from adversity and overcoming fear of failure. For me, helping the Center and our next generation understand this is extremely important to me.