Dive Brief:

  • PayPal promoted Archie Deskus to chief technology officer on Thursday, a move that will expand the executive’s technology oversight. Deskus first joined the financial services company in March 2022 as an executive vice president and chief information officer.
  • In the new role, Deskus will retain her ownership of global information technology operations and add leadership over the platform engineering teams, the company said in an email Thursday. She also remains an executive vice president.
  • Deskus will replace CTO Sri Shivananda, who took on an advisor role and will depart the company at the end of the year, PayPal said.

Dive Insight:

Deskus, a seasoned IT executive with prior stints at Intel, HPE and Ingersoll Rand, will lead the planning, management and transformation of PayPal’s technology stacks, systems support and infrastructure, the company said. 

A headshot of executive Archie Deskus wearing a dark suit against a blue backdrop

PayPal EVP and CTO Archie Deskus.

Courtesy of PayPal


PayPal President and CEO Alex Chriss said the IT leadership change was aimed at consolidating oversight of technology teams.

“Bringing our technology, engineering and information teams together under Archie’s leadership will foster enhanced accountability, collaboration, accelerate innovation, and fortify the efficiency of our operations,” Chriss said in the release.

In her new role, Deskus will continue to report to the CEO. Chriss, who spent nearly 20 years at Intuit in various leadership roles, officially took over in that role at the payments company in September. 

Technology consolidation is a key priority for PayPal, Chriss said in his first public remarks as CEO this week during the company’s Q3 2023 earnings call Wednesday.

“In order to maximize this opportunity, it will require technology consolidation and automation across the company,” said Chriss, referring to the company’s ability to leverage data and scale.


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