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The Omidyar Network (created eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam to “empower people globally so that they can make the most of their talents to positively impact the world”) has appointed a new leader, reports VentureBeat. Matt Bannick, who was an executive at eBay for 8 years, will take over as managing partner next month with the goal of more than doubling the group’s staff in the next 12-18 months…it’s currently 30. Omidyar has invested in companies such as Digg, community news and event sites like Backfence and Eventful and clean-tech companies like Ethos Water.