PayPal appoints John Rainey CFO

Source: PayPal

PayPal Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: PYPL) today announced John D. Rainey is joining the digital payments leader as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective August 24, 2015.

Rainey joins PayPal from United Continental Holdings, Inc. where he was Executive Vice President and CFO at United Airlines. Rainey brings with him an extensive background in corporate finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, tax, investor relations, strategic planning and risk management along with a deep appreciation for PayPal and its unique position driving the global transformation of money.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome John to PayPal where he will undoubtedly make an immediate impact as we begin operating as an independent and publicly traded company,” said Dan Schulman, president and CEO of PayPal. “I am particularly impressed with John’s ability to lead a financial function in a complex, industry-leading business, while maintaining an unrelenting focus on serving and advocating for his company’s customers. I believe that John and the entire PayPal team have an inspiring chance to provide financial freedom, flexibility and opportunity to millions of people worldwide.”

"I can’t imagine a more exciting time to join PayPal,” Rainey said. “PayPal is leading the transformation of money and the digitization of payments. Dan and his executive team recognize and appreciate that they’re making history, and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”

Rainey will lead PayPal’s financial operations, regional finance teams and investor relations. He will report directly to Schulman. He will succeed Patrick Dupuis, who has served as PayPal’s CFO for five years.

Dupuis will remain at PayPal and will continue to report directly to Schulman in the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Simplicity, Quality and Productivity. In this capacity, Dupuis will lead a corporate-wide transformation initiative designed to drive PayPal’s productivity, service quality and customer experience.

“Patrick’s commitment to PayPal has been vital to everything this company has achieved during the time he served as CFO,” said Schulman. “I am grateful for all he has done to ensure that PayPal’s transition to an independent company was smooth and successful. In his new role, Patrick will help us tackle the many opportunities to improve our efficiency and performance.”

Rainey has more than 20 years of financial management experience. At United Airlines Rainey was responsible for the company’s overall financial strategy including cost management, capital allocation and balance sheet optimization. As CFO, Rainey oversaw corporate finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, tax, accounting, investor relations, fleet, procurement, internal audit and risk management and was responsible for United’s corporate strategy function.

Prior to being CFO at United Airlines, Rainey held various positions of increasing responsibility in finance at United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Before joining Continental, Rainey worked at Ernst & Young LLP in Houston for two years. He received both his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his master’s degree in business administration from Baylor University. Rainey is a Certified Public Accountant and serves on the national board of trustees for the March of Dimes, where he was named the 2015 national chair of the March for Babies. 

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