Anya Cheng

Head of Product, Emerging Markets, eBay Mobile Lab

As the Head of Product, Global Emerging Markets Classifieds at eBay, Anya Cheng lead the mobile-first product marketing strategy across mobile and desktop apps for eBay Classifieds. 

Previous to her position at eBay, Anya was Senior Director of the Global Digital Commerce Product at the McDonald's Corporation, where she lead the product vision, strategy, development, and execution across mobile and desktop apps for McDonald’s. She forged product partnerships with Apple, Google, Facebook, WeChat, and Alibaba. Anya also launched the first global app to support China’s delivery and preorder revenue, and instore revenue for the U.S.

Before working for the McDonald's Corporation, Anya oversaw mobile commerce across iOS, Android and tablet devices for Sears Holdings Corporation. She decided what products to feature and launch for household brands such as Kenmore, Craftsman, Lands End, and Kardashian Kollection. She also manage d marketing channels that range from search and social to email and SMS advertising.

Though Medill IMC taught her important lessons about analytics and marketing strategies, that wasn’t the most valuable part of her education. “Medill IMC helped me become a more polished professional and trained me how to think,” she says. Every day on the job, she is tasked with identifying and analyzing problems, and then she must find the resources to solve them. She credits Medill IMC for giving her the framework to problem-solve. The program teaches you “to be a confident professional and do more than you think you can do.”

One of the most memorable experiences was going to Shanghai as part of Medill IMC’s Global Residency program and working on a project for Yum! Brands. It was a unique quarter that allowed her to apply what she had learned in class with realworld business practices, she says. Cheng, who is originally from Taiwan, also enjoyed collaborating with a team of classmates from all over the world “who thought differently.”