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Q&A: A Talk with Meg Whitman

eBay's CEO on her company and our economic predicament

On Mar. 1, in a public forum that was part of BusinessWeek's continuing "Captains of Industry" series, eBay Inc. CEO Margaret C. Whitman sat down with Editor-in-Chief Stephen B. Shepard at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan to talk about eBay, herself, and the souring economy. Here are excerpts. (The full interview on video is also available.)

Q: You worked for a variety of traditional companies--Procter & Gamble, Stride Rite, Hasbro. What tempted you to an Internet company like eBay?