Serial Entrepreneur Josh Silverman Heads to American Express

Josh Silverman has just been named head of American Express’s U.S. consumer services unit, which manages consumer cards and travel services.

A repeat entrepreneur who, at 41, has already made more career moves than most people in their lifetimes, Silverman is joining American Express from Greylock Partners, which brought him on as an entrepreneur-in-residence last October.

At the time, Silverman was segueing out of Skype, where he was CEO until its spin-out from eBay by a consortium of investors. Greylock called him a “visionary entrepreneur” and an “effective leader for amazing growth companies.”

Before heading up Skype, Silverman had been CEO of, and before that, served in many capacities at eBay, including as the managing director of its unit. (Marktplaats is a classified advertising site based in the Netherlands. It was founded in 1999 and bought by eBay in 2004.)

Silverman also co-founded and served as the CEO of Evite, the event planning site that’s been owned by InterActive Corp. since 2001. It was while at Evite that Silverman first became friends with Reid Hoffman, then an executive vice president at PayPal who went on to co-found LinkedIn and become a partner at Greylock.