12 thoughts on “Yahoo needs a new CEO. Who do they call?”

  1. While I remember the first bookmarks list published by two guys at Standford. I just took a look at Yahoo for the first time in many years. OMG, what happened. On a first glance they desperately need a crash course on Information, then a strategy how we create/organize data in a mobile world.

  2. What’s the use of a CEO. Eric S at Google was good for them then and without Mr Churchill we would not have won the war. But Richard Branson starts a company and then leaves well alone with the only occasional PR stunt; Yahoo needs PR, my advice is any celeb will do

  3. They need someone who cut their teeth in online advertising, has some agency relationships, and can understand the business enough to stop their decline in ad share. They aren’t losing traffic share, but are losing ad share. That doesn’t sound like a product problem, it sounds like a sales problem.

    1. I see the logic, but I disagree – they have ad talent, what they need is to get back to their technology roots with a fresh exec who is *not* quite as high profile, somebody with serious tech chops, startup experience, deep and rich exposure to product, vast domain experience around mobile and business processes, expert at organizational design, yadda yadda yadda…my own pick for the “rising star” profile in this would be somebody like Steve Yankovich at eBay, the guy has real tech roots and built mobile at eBay from nothing to billions very quietly…check him out.

  4. Yeah,when a CFO is made to head a tech company, then it is clear that they have lost the plot. They are not serious about being able to create new value propositions, they just want someone who can cut costs, craft a short-term ascent in the share price, find a buyer and get the hell out. Am not suggesting that Yahoo is on to this, but the choice of CFO (even it were only as a gap-filler) for the CEO post speaks for itself.

    Coming to who should become the CEO..my advise is that whoever that is, better abandon his/her mobile phone before taking up the job 🙂 And probably the joining conditions will include “no IPad” …

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