Former Google Product Manager Takes A Senior Director Role At Yahoo

yahoo-logo A Yahoo spokesperson confirmed that Dylan Casey has joined Yahoo as a senior director in the platform organization. According to Casey's Linkedin profile, the new Yahoo senior director was head of project management at Path for the last year and five months after serving as a product manager at Google for nearly eight years. During his time at Google, Casey was responsible for launching the Google bar, as well as developing and launching Google Realtime Search. A one-time professional cyclist, Casey led the development of Path's product strategies in 2012 and 2013, while recruiting Path's p [...]

Yahoo Buys Mobile Startup With Big Search Chops

yahoo Earlier today Yahoo and Jybe announced that the latter was being acquired by the former. Jybe, which I had not heard of previously, is described by Yahoo as "a personalized recommendation company founded with the vision to help people find the things they love to do based on what’s trending in their social circles." It sounds like a "social search" or "social discovery" app. Indeed, all five Jybe team members are former search people -- and former Yahoo employees: As part of this acquisition, we’re welcoming an extremely talented group of engineers and data scientists who will join Ya [...]

Burden Of Search UI Innovation Now Falls To Yahoo Veteran Laurie Mann

yahoo-y-logo Laurie Mann has been promoted to run Yahoo Search. Mann, who is a man, has been senior vice president of engineering operations at Yahoo since 2002. Prior to that Mann spent a number of years at Oracle in various engineering roles. The news was first reported late last night by AllThingsD. Mann fills the position that was previously held for approximately three years by Shashi Seth. Seth left Yahoo in January. He was charged with "innovating in search" on top of the Microsoft algorithm and search index. He presided over a period in which Yahoo saw its share of the US search market d [...]

Ironically, Search Might Be Less A Priority At Yahoo As Google’s Marissa Mayer Takes The Helm

yahoo-search-marissa-mayer-featured Wow. Wow. Wow. That's all that keeps running through my head as I digest the news that long-time Google executive Marissa Mayer is to take over as president and CEO of Yahoo. Smart move for Mayer. Smart move for Yahoo. And as I'll explain more, perhaps a move that finally takes Yahoo out of the search game, but takes it out in a smart way. A Force To Be Reckoned With I've known Mayer since she started at Google in 1999. Until she moved off of being vice president of search in 2010, Mayer was the Google executive I had the most contact with. When we were first introduced, my reaction to Googl [...]

Confirmed: Marissa Mayer Leaving Google For Yahoo CEO Role

marissa-mayer-200px Marissa Mayer is leaving Google today, and will take over as Yahoo's President and CEO as of tomorrow. The 37-year-old Mayer was Google's 20th employee and has been responsible for a number of Google products over the years. Most recently, she oversaw development of Google's local products and services. Yahoo has struggled to find a leader in recent years, going through several CEOs including Carol Bartz, Scott Thompson and the current interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn. The news comes via CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin and was shared via a pair of tweets just now. BREAKING- Sorkin: Yahoo names Ma [...]

No CEO News Emerges From Yahoo Shareholder Meeting

yahoo-y-logo [caption id="attachment_127578" align="alignright" width="192" caption="Is Ross Levinsohn's Yahoo's Future (Non-Interim) CEO?"][/caption] You can't blame Yahoo's board for being a little bit gun shy. After all, eight out of 11 directors are new this year -- three of them were appointed in the wake of the highly-public resume scandal that ousted CEO Scott Thompson. With the Thompson debacle, the departure of co-founder Jerry Yang, and the ill-fit of Carol Bartz, Yahoo is under pressure to get it right this time. That's seems to be why today's shareholder meeting in Santa Clara, [...]

Report: Scott Thompson To Step Down As Yahoo CEO, Ross Levinsohn To Step In

Screen shot 2012-05-13 at 9.27.10 AM Kara Swisher at AllThingsD is reporting that embattled Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson is going to step down for "personal reasons." Swisher has one or more "moles" inside the company and consistently gets inside information -- which generally turns out to be correct. Thompson's "personal reasons," as we all know, are: misrepresenting that he had a computer science degree. Yahoo EVP Ross Levinsohn is reportedly set to become interim CEO, with the apparent hope that he could take the helm permanently. Swisher adds that the situation is still in flux and could change. The board is apparently meet [...]

Yahoo In A Fight For Its Life

yahoo logo According to Reuters on Tuesday next week the already embattled new Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson will lay out his vision for the company. The pressure will be on to deliver a coherent and convincing plan -- emphasis on convincing. Following the announcement of 2,000 layoffs earlier this week Thompson sought to reassure Yahoo employees in a company memo. A streamlined organizational structure will better enable Yahoo to compete in the future, he reportedly said. That new structure will apparently not include Yahoo Chief Product Officer Blake Irving, who has resigned. His organization took a d [...]

Yahoo Confirms 2,000 Employees Getting the Axe

yahoo-layoffs-fired-featured After several days of rumors, first reported by AllThingsD, Yahoo confirmed this morning that it's restructuring and laying off 2,000 employees: Today, the company will begin the process of informing employees about these changes. As part of that effort, approximately 2,000 people will be notified of job elimination or phased transition. Yahoo! expects to realize approximately $375 million of annualized savings upon completion of all employee transitions. The company currently expects to recognize the majority of an estimated $125 to $145 million pretax cash charge relating to employee sev [...]

Yahoo’s Co-founder Jerry Yang Resigns

yahoo-y-logo-featured Yahoo announced its co-founder Jerry Yang has formally resigned after 17 years on the job. Yang co-founded the company in March 1995, and has been on the Board of Directors since. 17 years later, he has officially stepped down from its Board of Directors and all other positions with the company. And he has done so effective immediately. In addition, he stepped down from the Boards of Yahoo Japan Corporation and Alibaba Group Holding Limited. This news comes only a couple weeks after Yahoo announced their new CEO Scott Thompson. "I am grateful for the warm welcome and support Jerry p [...]

It’s Official: PayPal President Scott Thompson The New Yahoo CEO

Screen shot 2012-01-04 at 5.23.55 AM AllThingsD reported late yesterday that PayPal president Scott Thompson would likely be named CEO of Yahoo. It's now official; Yahoo just put out its formal press release announcing Thompson's appointment. In appointing Thompson, Yahoo is choosing a leader with a deeper technology and product background than prior CEO Carol Bartz who was abruptly terminated last September. In the interim Yahoo CFO Tim Morse has been serving as CEO. Not going to sell itself now There had been an expectation that Yahoo was going to sell itself or a significant minority stake to a private equity buyer or ano [...]

Yahoo Rolls Out New SERP, Will People Notice?

yahoo logo In the wake of the firing of Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and amid the growing speculation surrounding a possible sale of the company, work continues for the Yahoo rank and file. (The employees must have a kind of PTSD.) But in the spirit of "life goes on," Yahoo search engineers announced that the company is introducing improved SERPs. The offer a somewhat cleaner design, with tabs showing related content and navigational filters that allow sorting by date and related searches. All the changes discussed in the Yahoo Blog post aren't live for me but they appear to be generally incremental o [...]

With Carol Bartz Out As CEO, Yahoo Needs To Find Its Own “Steve Jobs”

Carol Bartz The not-so-shocking news came yesterday afternoon that embattled Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz was fired. When Bartz came to power in January 2009 I compared her to then newly elected Barak Obama. Both confronted crises and high expectations. Both have seen goodwill erode and give way to disappointment. Low Employee Approval The task of both chief executives was to turn around a their respective enterprises. Obama has not been able to do it and may face an electoral ouster next year. And after a number of flat or down quarters Bartz was removed over the phone yesterday. That followed several months [...]

Confirmed: Bartz Out As Yahoo CEO

yahoo logo sign Details are very sparse, but All Things Digital is reporting that Carol Bartz's rocky tenure as Yahoo CEO has ended. All Things Digital reports that current CFO Tim Morse will take over the CEO spot on an interim basis. Speculation raged earlier this summer that Bartz' days were numbered when Yahoo announced weak Q2 financials. She'll be remembered for brokering the Yahoo-Microsoft search and ads deal that effectively put Yahoo out of the search engine business (aside from display; Yahoo's search results have been powered fully by Microsoft). We'll have more on this as information [...]

Google To Hire 6,000 Plus, While Yahoo Cuts Additional 1%

Google announced they are hiring. Last year they hired about 4,500 new Googlers. This year they are expected to hire over 6,000 new employees, according to the Mercury News. Eric Schmidt, Google's current CEO, said 1,000 will be hired in Europe. Google's latest earnings report had Google's headcount at 24,400 full-time employees as of December 31, 2010. Adding an additional 6,000 employees will put Google at over 30,000 employees. Alan Eustace, Google's SVP Engineering and Research, said "I am excited about 2011—because it will be our biggest hiring year in company history. We [...]

Tim Mayer: Search Vet & Ex-Yahoo Lands At Trada

Tim Mayer, a former Yahoo and longtime search industry veteran, has landed a new role at Trada, the crowdsourced SEM marketplace based in Colorado. Mayer joins the company as its Chief Strategy Officer, and will oversee sales, marketing, product development and operations. Ben Wright, another ex-Yahoo, is also joining Trada as its VP of Service Delivery and Marketplace. For Mayer, this latest position expands on a lengthy career that's seen him work at several of the web's early search engines. As Danny Sullivan detailed last summer when Mayer left Yahoo, that career began at RealNames [...]

Yahoo Laying Off About 600 Employees

This week's rumors are true: Yahoo began laying off several hundred employees today. Reuters is reporting that most of the cuts affect about 600 employees, or 4% of Yahoo's workforce. The layoffs, as expected, will come from Yahoo's product division. This week's rumor mill had suggested the layoffs would hit about 650 people, or 5% of the Yahoo workforce, so it appears that the actual numbers are slightly lower. Rumors that circulated a month ago pegged the cuts at between 10%-20%. Yahoo confirmed today's cuts in a statement, saying they're "part of our ongoing strategy to best posit [...]

Report: AOL Abandons Yahoo Merger As Yahoo Cuts Headcount

The would be AOL-Yahoo merger is apparently off, according to Crain's New York Business. The site is reporting that "AOL tried to either get enough backing to make a run at Yahoo, or get Yahoo interested in buying it . . . Yahoo didn't bite, and AOL didn't have its ducks lined up to be a buyer." Yahoo reportedly didn't receive any formal offer or proposal, however, so it's hard to know how serious any of this is or was. The article goes on to document some of AOL's ongoing challenges in the market, though it has had some successes under new CEO Tim Armstrong. Meanwhile the Wall Street Jo [...]

More Yahoo Layoffs Coming Soon

There are many rumors that Yahoo is going to be doing a mass layoff soon. TechCrunch believes there will be a 20% layoff across the board, although Yahoo denied it. Kara Swisher said it is more like 10% and only impacting the product group at Yahoo. The product group has about 6,500 people, so a 10% layoff would mean about 650 people out of a job. This is as opposed to laying off 20% of 14,000 people, or 2,800 people. Yahoo told TechCrunch: Yahoo! is always evaluating expenses to align with the company’s financial goals. However, a 20% reduction in Yahoo’s workforce acros [...]

Report: Hungry Bankers Manipulate Press To Kickstart AOL-Yahoo Merger Talks

A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma: according to the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, based on the Journal's report yesterday, financial advisers have been hired by AOL to "explore various strategic options for the company, one of which includes a possible tie-up" with Yahoo. This is just the latest installment of the long-running speculation about a Yahoo-AOL merger, which started when Microsoft was trying to take over Yahoo. AOL is trying reinvent itself under former Googler Tim Armstrong. The company, however, saw a steep ad revenue decline in Q3, though earnings were pos [...]

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