William C. Cobb


President and Chief Executive Officer H&R Block, Inc.
Kansas City, MO

Mr. Cobb was named President and Chief Executive Officer of H&R Block, Inc. in May 2011. He has been a member of the company’s Board of Directors since August 2010. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Cobb was President of eBay Marketplaces, the company’s flagship division. Under his leadership, the eBay division traded $25 billion in goods and services, and reached a record $2.6 billion in revenue. In addition to eBay’s U.S. performance, Mr. Cobb was responsible for affiliated businesses such as StubHub, Shopping.com and Rent.com. Mr. Cobb led eBay’s International division from 2002 to 2004, growing revenue from $300 million to more than $1 billion in two years. He started with eBay in 2000 as the head of eBay’s Global Marketing, where he developed the company’s first brand campaign and the largest internet marketing function on the web.

From 1987 until 2000, Mr. Cobb held several senior-level positions at Pepsico and YUM! Brands, including Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of International Marketing for YUM!, and Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Pizza Hut U.S.

Mr. Cobb holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Mr. Cobb and his wife, Carole, have three children.


Up to 1 in 6 Impacted by Expired Tax Benefits



Lynn Ebel, tax attorney at The Tax Institute, talks with the H&R Block newsroom about the impact expired tax benefits will have on taxpayers in 2015, including on teachers, students, homeowners and retirees.