The plan makes sense to IDC analyst Al Hilwa, who sees it as eBay's recognition that there is more value in a combined program with a more streamlined effort to publish APIs.
"It is smarter to have a consolidated eco-system for developers if at all possible," he said via e-mail.
The news comes only weeks after Osama Bedier left his post as chief of the PayPal developer team to take a job at Google. Mengerink was named his successor.
Over the past year, PayPal has taken on a bigger profile in eBay's financial picture, driving a lot of the company's growth, while revenue from the core eBay marketplace business seems stuck on a plateau.