By Claudia Assis
Shares of Pinterest Inc. rallied 4% in the after-hours session Tuesday after the social-media company said co-founder Ben Silbermann is stepping down as chief executive and is being replaced by an e-commerce executive from Google.
Bill Ready, who served as president of commerce and payments for Alphabet Inc.’s /zigman2/quotes/202490156/composite GOOGL +2.39% /zigman2/quotes/205453964/composite GOOG +2.36% Google, will become chief executive and a member of the board of directors effective Wednesday, Pinterest /zigman2/quotes/211319641/composite PINS +2.49% said.
In his role, Ready “oversaw Google’s vision, strategy and the delivery of its commerce products,” Pinterest said. He also served in “senior leadership roles” at PayPal Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208054269/composite PYPL +2.01% , including chief operating officer, the company said.
Silbermann said that Pinterest’s next chapter will be focused on “helping Pinners buy, try and act on all the great ideas they see. Bill is a great leader for this transition. He is a builder who deeply understands commerce and payments.”
Ready said his mission is to “further scale the company’s ecosystem.”
Shares of Pinterest ended the regular trading day down nearly 5%. So far this year, Pinterest stock has lost 26%, compared with a decline of around 16% for the S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +1.73% .