Evidence from his Google and Paypal days suggests new CEO Bill Ready will buoy Pinterest engagement but fail to improve monetization.
At Pinterest, Ready will show incremental improvements by initially scaling product-listing inventory and reducing friction for advertisers that generates some excitement for investors, but ultimately fail to alter consumer perception of the platform or boost long-term monetization.
Multiple colleagues praised his collaborative, empowering leadership style, strategic acuity, and strong communication skills. However, an equal number of interviewees derided his penchant for self-promotion and pointed to a lack of self-awareness that has generated animosity from colleagues.
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