Samuel Bright

Sam Bright is Vice President and General Manager of Verticals at eBay, a Fortune 500
global technology company and the world’s 2nd largest ecommerce marketplace. Sam is responsible for eBay’s North America vertical business units. Since joining eBay in 2012, Sam has led multiple Vertical business units across eBay, including Arts & Collectibles and Soft Goods, as well as served in leadership roles for Strategic Partnerships and M&A/Business Development.

Prior to eBay, Sam advised on over $10 billion of tech M&A deal processes at BofA Merrill Lynch and previously, he rose through the ranks to become the youngest industry analyst at Forrester Research advising Chief Information Officers through tech research and consulting. He began his career leading market research for entrepreneurs at a business incubator in Northeast Indiana.

Sam is a member of the Benetech Board of Directors and serves on the Development
Committee. He is also a member of the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Advisory
Council and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and
credentialed as an NACD Governance Fellow. He has been named to Savoy Magazine's "2020
Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America," Black Enterprise's 2018 "List of the
Most Influential Blacks in Technology,“ and The Network Journal's 2018 "40 Under Forty" class,
and is an active supporter of multiple philanthropic causes.

Sam graduated summa cum laude in 3 years with a BA in Management from Taylor University
and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School with his elective coursework focused on
General Management, Entrepreneurship, and Finance.

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