Yahoo Loses (Or Ousts) CIO But Levinsohn Mitigates

AllThingsD, which has been reporting nearly every executive-level departure at Yahoo for the past two years, now says that CIO Michael Kirwan is leaving. Was he forced out or did he voluntarily leave? How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop? The world may never know. The Yahoo executive changes since the original, unsuccessful takeover attempt by Microsoft more than two years ago have been nothing short of a soap opera and provided hours of fun for the snarkmeisters of Techmeme who love to comment sarcastically about Yahoo and its "inability to [fill i [...]


Ross Levinsohn: Yahoo’s New Executive Vice President of Americas

Yahoo announced they have appointed a new executive vice president of the Americas region. Levinsohn will report directly to CEO Carol Bartz and be responsible for company's media group, advertising sales, and partnerships for the Americas region. Levinsohn was the co-founder and managing director of Fuse Capital, an investment and strategic equity management firm. He served as the president of News Corporation's Fox Interactive Media and also held senior management positions with AltaVista - a company Yahoo acquired several years ago. "Ross has a phenomenal track record of executing di [...]


Yahoo CEO Bartz Announces Exec. Departures, Speculation About Bartz’s & Yahoo’s Future Begins

Yahoo has seen a long list of talented people leave the company during the organizational turmoil of the past few years. However it appeared the company was stabilizing and potentially even back on track toward growth and forward momentum. However AllThingsD earlier reported and today confirmed (before official confirmation from CEO Carol Bartz) that three top Yahoo executives are leaving: Hilary Schneider EVP, Americas Region David Ko SVP, Audience, Mobile and Local, North America Jimmy Pitaro, Yahoo Media VP Yahoo issued an official statement in response to the announced depart [...]


Tim Mayer, Who Worked For Practically Every Search Engine, Leaves Yahoo

Earlier I wrote about the depature of Yahoo's Srinija Srinivasan. Yahoo's lost another person, and another big figure in search, that of Tim Mayer. Tim just tweeted, as shown above, that he's enjoying his first "post-Yahoo" day. Tweeted using the Twitter account I personally set up for him ages ago, I might add! Who Didn't He Work For? Where to begin with Tim? How about his LinkedIn profile, which recounts his storied past moving from search engine to search engine: RealNames, in the summer of 1999 Inktomi, as director of product management, from 2000 to 2002 FAST Search, [...]


Once The Most Powerful Person In Search, Srinija Srinivasan Leaves Yahoo

Back in the mid-to-late 1990s, the most powerful person in search was arguably Yahoo's Srinija Srinivasan. If Yahoo's was the "gateway" to the web in the way some think Google is today, Srinivasan was the chief gatekeeper. And now after 15 years, she's leaving Yahoo. Srinivasan was Yahoo's "Ontological Yahoo," among other titles including being a vice president and editor-in-chief. She was Yahoo's fifth employee, hired in 1995 to help organize Yahoo's listing service. That's all Yahoo was at the time, a listing service. Human editors -- "web surfers" as Yahoo called them -- organized web [...]


Yahoo Doesn’t Replace Head Of Sales, Joanne Bradford

AllThingsD reports Yahoo has decided to restructure their sales team without appointing a new head of sales to replace Joanne Bradford. Instead, Yahoo will have several people report directly to Hilary Schneider, Yahoo's EVP of Americas Region. "This elevates the strong talent and brings a broader set of voices one step higher in the organization," said Schneider in an interview today. "The marketplace is changing rapidly and bringing complete solutions is really the mantra of where the market is going." Here are the changes as documented by AllThingsD: Mitch Spolan, the 11-year Yaho [...]


Yahoo’s VP Of Search Consumer Products, Cornett Leaves

One of the most familiar faces left at Yahoo, that is until today, was Larry Cornett. Larry was the vice president of search consumer products at Yahoo. He has always lead Yahoo in their search advancements over the course of the past 4 years. Today he announced he is moving on. We knew Yahoo began mass search layoffs again, so I am not sure if this was Larry leaving or being asked to leave. I always imagined he be involved in the user experience as Bing began powering Yahoo Search. He said he launched his own consulting business named Brilliant Forge. The new consulting firm w [...]


Yahoo Cuts Positions, Shifting Search Emphasis

Yahoo is laying off more people in its seemingly ever-shrinking search group. In addition to previous general Yahoo layoffs, many search executives and employees have left or are being moved to Microsoft as part of the Yahoo-Bing search integration. According to PaidContent and TechCrunch Yahoo is cutting an undisclosed number of search jobs. Yahoo provided the following statement in response to the news: "Yahoo! remains focused on innovating the overall Search experience over the long-term, and the Yahoo! Search group is hard at work on some new experiences that we believe will convert Ya [...]


Yahoo’s Bartz Takes In $47 Million, Yang Gets One Dollar

paidContent reports on Yahoo's executives salaries for 2009. Yahoo's CEO, Carol Bartz earned $47 million in 2009, with a salary of $969,872 and $13 million in stock, almost $30 million in options, and some other earnings. Yahoo clarified that $42 million was not actually realized in the year and the amount Bartz will actually realize is based on meeting specific metrics. Meanwhile, Yahoo's co-founder and former CEO, Jerry Yang earned his customary $1 annual salary from the company. Yang does however currently hold a 3.54% equity stake in the company and his co-founder, David Filo owns 5.73% [...]


Yahoo Hires Ex-MSFT Blake Irving For ‘Product Vision’

One could argue that Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz cut lots of fat at Yahoo and stabilized the organization after a period of takeover turbulence and uncertainty. To some degree she brought a kind of "vision" to the company (cut costs, focus on core strengths and content). However there's also a sense that Yahoo is not the company it used to be and that there's a kind of drift there -- that Yahoo may be on an AOL type trajectory and that Facebook is taking its place. As an example, over at TechCrunch Michael Arrington argues that Foursquare shouldn't sell to Yahoo, which has reportedly been trying [...]


Yahoo Search: This Is The “Dark Time” But We’ll Be Back

Yesterday Yahoo hosted a press event called SearchSpeak that sought to dispel the "misconception," in the words of new Search Products SVP Shashi Seth, that Yahoo was no longer investing in search. As Seth took the stage to begin his presentation the power in the room went out. Not a very auspicious start to the day, it seemed symbolic of Yahoo's new difficulties and challenges in search. Attempting to generate enthusiasm, he pressed on without slides: despite the popular misconception, Yahoo is not out of search, echoing statements made by CEO Carol Bartz and others on past company earning [...]


Shashi Seth Now At Yahoo From AOL, Cooliris & Google

Yahoo announced that they named Shashi Seth as the new Senior Vice President of the Yahoo Search Products team. Shashi Seth will be managing Yahoo's Search team and all things related to Yahoo Search. Of course, in the wake of the Microsoft deal - exactly what his role will be if/when that deal closes, is uncertain. Prior to Yahoo, Shashi Seth was at AOL as Senior Vice President of Global Ad Products. He was at AOL for only 3 months until leaving to join Yahoo. Prior to AOL, he was Chief Revenue Officer at Cooliris and prior to that he was on the Google team as the head of Monetization [...]


Yahoo Beefing Up Social Scientist Staffing In Yahoo Labs

Yahoo has suffered attrition and a brain drain of top talent for the past couple of years. Google and Microsoft, in some cases, have been beneficiaries of those defections. Indeed, we've been lamenting the loss of engineers and talent at Yahoo for some time. Now, however, the SF Chronicle reports on a new hiring effort. The company is reportedly beefing up Yahoo Labs, hiring a range of social scientists and academics and doing new research according to the article: In the last year, Yahoo Labs has bolstered its ranks of social scientists, adding highly credentialed cognitive psychologists, [...]


Cute: Yahoo Targets Former Employee Names on Google AdWords

TechCrunch has screen shots of Google AdWords ads targeting Joshua Schachter, a former well-known Yahoo employee, and leading to Yahoo's recruiting web site. In fact, Joshua Schachter tweeted about it yesterday, where he said, "yahoo's running recruiting ads against my name. classy." Soon later, Rasmus Lerdorf, another former Yahoo employee, tweeted that he was being targeted as well. Of course, this doesn't mean someone directly in Yahoo was doing this. It can be a forward-thinking recruiting agency that did this or someone just having some fun. But to use Google ads to target th [...]


Yahoo Compels Employees to Take Extended Holiday

According to the Wall Street Journal Yahoo is compelling most employees to take the week after Xmas off, using vacation or unpaid leave. It is also shutting down offices until after January 1. The move is an effort to save money. Yahoo employees over the past few years have been "encouraged" but until now not required to take the time off. According to Yahoo spokeswoman Dana Lengkeek "essential functions" will remain staffed during the period. Beyond "customer support" it's not clear what those roles are from the article. The Journal article points out that other tech companies in Silico [...]


Yahoo “It Was You” Protest: French Engineers Go On Strike

Yahoo engineers in France went on strike and protested yesterday over Carol Bartz wanting to close down the R&D center in Grenoble and ultimately putting 78 engineers out of work. Some of these protestors created a web site named Yahoo It Was You on a Google owned Blogspot, as a way to mock Yahoo's "Its You" campaign. These engineers announced the strike yesterday on the blog and posted a video to express their distaste for the decision to cut these jobs: You can learn more about the strike at Techmeme. [...]


Yahoo Readying For Bing Integration By “Identifying” Engineers Who Will Become Part Of Microsoft

According to a report on Wednesday, Yahoo is in the process of identifying as many as 400 engineers who may be headed to Microsoft after US government regulators do their anti-trust review and clear the companies' search deal. The formal agreement between the two companies closed at the end of last week. The 400 engineer transfer is part of the formal agreement between the two companies. In addition, Microsoft is to pay Yahoo  $150 million to defray costs associated with the partnership's implementation. The Associated Press is also reporting that the $150 payment will likely be accelerate [...]


Yahoo Search Engineers, Google Wants To Hire You

Matt Cutts of Google has blogged that Google is willing to hire Yahoo Search engineers. Matt said, "if you’re an excellent Yahoo engineer with solid experience in search, Google is hiring." Clearly, since the Microsoft & Yahoo deal, engineers at Yahoo might be a bit concerned about their job stability. Ask.com ran a funny poaching campaign recently to pick up Yahoo engineers. Microsoft said many Yahoo engineers will move over to Microsoft if the deal is approved. And now Google is hiring Yahoo engineers. So if you are a Yahoo engineer and you want to apply for a job at Google, us [...]


Yahoo Board Member Icahn Trims Stake, Bartz Wants Wants To Stop “Navel Gazing”

Investor and Yahoo board member Carl Icahn has reportedly reduced his holdings in Yahoo by roughly 12 million shares, according to a recent regulatory filing with the US SEC. Icahn became a board member last year after a prolonged and very public episode that involved heavy criticism of then Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and an attempt to oust the existing Yahoo board, including Yang, for blocking Microsoft's earlier takeover attempt. As a board member he obviously supported the new MicroHoo search deal, which has so far turned out to be a disappointment to most investors. It also appears to have c [...]


Doug Cutting Leaving Yahoo

Doug Cutting, creator of the Hadoop technology that powered Yahoo's search index, is leaving the company at the end of August for a position at Cloudera. While the immediate reaction is to assume this is related to the Yahoo-Microsoft deal, in which Microsoft would take over Yahoo's search engine, Cutting tells the New York Times that's not the case. "This has been in the works for awhile and is unrelated," Mr. Cutting said. "I am definitely not leaving in any sort of protest, and the thing I like least about this move is that it might be perceived that way." On his personal blog, Cu [...]


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