Online marketplace eBay has promoted Murray Lambell to general manager of its UK business as part of wider leadership changes.

Lambell succeeds Rob Hattrell, who has also stepped up to take charge of eBay Europe following the arrival five months ago of new global chief executive Jamie Iannone.

Lambell was formerly eBay’s vice-president of UK trading, responsible for sales and operations as well as its B2C arm.

Hattrell will now oversee eBay in France, Germany, Italy and Spain as well as the UK.

During the pandemic, eBay said “platform usage has surged” and “millions of new buyers are either increasing their usage of eBay, returning to the site or trying it for the first time, while thousands of new small and medium-sized businesses are joining eBay to be able to continue trading despite lockdown measures”.

Lambell said: “I am delighted to be taking over the reins at eBay UK, which is an incredibly exciting business in normal times and is proving to be an even more significant business in this developing new normal. I look forward to steering eBay UK through an exciting period of change and growth.”

Hattrell added: “Murray is the natural successor to lead the eBay UK business. Not just because he has the experience, credentials, authority and drive to do so, but also because he has a proven passion for our customers, users, colleagues and industry. I am thrilled to be able to continue working alongside him and look forward to delivering on the responsibility we have to our millions of buyers and sellers on eBay across our markets.”