Hugh is the Vice President of Experience, Search, and Platforms at eBay, where his responsibilities include eBay's search engine, most of eBay's global user experiences, and some of eBay's platforms. He previously managed a large R&D team at Microsoft's Bing, where he was best-known for inventing and building their image search engine. Prior to that, he was a tenured professor in Australia.
He has published over 100 works, mostly in the field of Information Retrieval, and including two books: Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL and Learning Mysql for O'Reilly Media Inc. He holds eleven US patents and has many more pending. He has a PhD from RMIT University in Australia.