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Tim MacKinnon trades top job at eBay Australia for foodie start-up

Tim MacKinnon has left his role as managing director and vice president of eBay Australia to head up celebrity chef Shane Delia’s gourmet meal delivery start-up Providoor. 

In a post on his LinkedIn profile on Friday, MacKinnon said he was grateful for the opportunity to build Providoor into a global brand, but sad to leave the online marketplace where he has worked for the last 10 years. 

“I’m feeling ‘nervcited’ (to use my kids’ term) as I am leaving eBay [and] becoming the CEO of Providoor, a marketplace for enjoying Australia’s best restaurants at home,” MacKinnon wrote. 

“I feel sad too, I just wept in our team meeting, but I feel grateful to have led eBay Australia, and worked for 10 years on behalf of 40,000 Aussie retailers, with a pretty special team (past and present) in a pretty special culture.”  

Delia launched Providoor during Melbourne’s lockdown in June 2020 to help high-end restaurants like his own Maha, Maha East and Maha Bar tap into the multi-billion-dollar meal delivery market without sacrificing quality or presentation. 

Instead of sending fully cooked meals, which inevitably become cold and soggy during transport, the gourmet restaurants on Providoor prepare meals part of the way and provide instructions on how customers can finish cooking them at home. This generally involves a few simple steps, such as heating something on the stove. 

The platform has grown rapidly over the last year and a half, expanding beyond Melbourne to Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide. It will launch in Brisbane later this year, The Australian reported. Providoor estimates that it has returned $40 million back to the restaurant industry.

According to MacKinnon’s LinkedIn post, he has been advising Providoor for the past year. 

“I’ve been advising Providoor this year and feel grateful Shane has entrusted me to work with him and his amazing team to build Providoor as a global brand [and] habit,” he wrote.

David Ramadge, previously a senior director at eBay Australia, has taken over as managing director and vice president to lead the marketplace through its next phase of growth.

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