President and CEO designee Dan Schulman joined PayPal in 2014 to lead the company into its next phase as an independent business, following the announcement of its separation from eBay slated for 2015. A former collegiate athlete, and practitioner of martial arts, Schulman was attracted to PayPal’s competitive edge. With his deep experience in payments and mobile technology, he will lead PayPal in exploring unique growth opportunities on a global scale and provide both consumers and merchants with superior value. Schulman previously served as group president of enterprise growth at American Express, where he led global strategy to expand the company’s alternative mobile and online payment services. Under his leadership, American Express successfully launched its next-generation digital payments platform, developed non-traditional sources of revenue and introduced a suite of payment products to expand the company’s demographic and geographic reach.
Prior to joining American Express, he was president of the prepaid group at Sprint Nextel Corporation following its acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA, Inc., where he led the company as its founding CEO. Earlier in his career, he was president and CEO of Priceline Group and also spent 18 years at AT&T, where he held a series of positions, including president of the consumer markets division.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Schulman is most proud of his achievements in helping underserved populations. While at Virgin Mobile, the company won the private sector award for bringing focus to the plight of homeless youth. During his time at American Express, he drove attention and introduced new products to the 70 million U.S. adults underserved by traditional consumer financial institutions.
Schulman earned a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a Master of Business from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. In his commitment to help those in need, he is a board member of Autism Speaks. He also serves on the boards of Flextronics, International Ltd. and Symantec Corporation, where he is the non-executive chairman of the board.