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PayPal Executive Killed by Commuter Train

Eric Salvatierra was PayPal's VP of customer advocacy.

PayPal executive Eric Salvatierra was killed Friday morning when he was struck by a commuter train in Menlo Park, CA, roughly 18 miles from PayPal’s San Jose campus.

Caltrain is reportedly still investigating the matter.

As of press time, no official statement had been issued by PayPal or eBay, which owns PayPal.

Salvatierra, 39, was PayPal’s vice president of customer advocacy and operational excellence. According to his LinkedIn profile, he joined eBay in 1998 and served in various finance roles, becoming vice president of site risk management and fraud prevention in 2002. After eBay acquired Skype in 2005, he served as the unit’s vice president and chief financial officer until 2007.

Salvatierra leaves behind a wife and three children.

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Crista Souza
Crista Souza is founding editor of A journalism graduate of San Jose State University, she spent 13 years as a business and technology reporter in Silicon Valley. Crista has been writing about B2C and C2C ecommerce since 2008. Opinions expressed here may not be shared by The Online Seller and/or its principals.

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