All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘personnel’
Although it’s hard to imagine that any company keeps all its employees forever, it looks like Yahoo continues to be worse than average in terms of retaining important people. This afternoon, a report revealed that Bill Wise, who is in charge of Yahoo’s Advertising Platforms business, will leave the same as so many before him.
In less than one month, a change in leadership will occur within Microsoft’s Advertiser and Publisher Solutions group. Scott Howe, the corporate vice president currently in charge of it, is set to leave on May 14th, with Rik van der Kooi replacing him.
It’s almost a waste of space to state that Google is a good employer; the fact is widely known, and people all over the world apply there on a regular basis. However, in a move that may speak to how the search giant is faring in China, an important research executive has gone to work for Baidu after quitting Google within the past couple weeks.
Although it’s unlikely that anyone’s printing up new business cards just yet, it looks like Microsoft and Yahoo have decided how to deal with the post-partnership personnel situation in at least one country. According to a Yahoo exec, about 200 of Yahoo’s engineers in India will switch companies.
It may sound painfully dumb to point out that Yahoo’s technology is important to the company, but there you have it. Unfortunately for the organization, that connection also makes it seem somewhat problematic that Yahoo’s Chief Technologist has moved on.
Joanne Bradford started at Yahoo about a year and a half ago, assuming the title "Senior Vice President, U.S. Revenue and Market Development." Now, a fresh report’s indicated that the high-ranking exec is on her way out again, ready to take a position at Demand Media.
Today, Tim Bray started working for Google, and had the search giant just put out a one-sentence press release stating this fact, the development would be worth reporting. But what makes this move especially noteworthy is that Bray announced it in a 1,260-word blog post mentioning an absolute hatred of the iPhone.
It looks like Facebook will soon begin trying harder to bend the ears of our nation’s leaders. Listings for a public policy manager and public policy associate have both been posted on the social network’s "Open Positions" page, and Facebook’s decided that these people will work in Washington, D.C.
This isn’t a simple matter of having a couple of folks sit around, answering questions and maybe defending the company when necessary. Facebook wants the new hires to be quite active.
Almost exactly one month ago, the Yahoo Mobile Blog launched, and nine new posts have been made since, signaling that the company really is interested in mobile tech. Unfortunately, one of Yahoo’s mobile execs has decided to part ways with it at this juncture.
Twitter’s at last found someone to be its chief financial officer, and the man appears to be more than qualified for the position. Ali Rowghani actually comes to Twitter from Pixar, where he also held the title of CFO.
Pixar is, of course, the popular animation studio responsible for movies like Toy Story, The Incredibles, and WALL-E. Disney bought it in 2006 for $7.4 billion, and Rowghani was present at the time, having started at Pixar in 2001.
The music industry is a big business; there must be hundreds of thousands of performers and managers in the world. But there are just four major labels – Warner, EMI, Sony, and Universal – and so Yahoo seems to have made a rather significant hire by securing a former Universal exec as the head of Yahoo Music.
Most estimates agree that there are almost 7 billion human beings on this planet, and even the biggest misanthropes must admit that a few of them are smart and capable. Yahoo apparently wasn’t able to encounter any keepers, however, as it’s stopped searching for someone to lead the company’s international division.
The Google-ization of AOL continued today as Jeff Reynar, who used to work for the search giant as an engineering manager, joined the company. AOL’s appointed Reynar Head of Technology for Engineering and Products in New York.
We should note that Reynar didn’t head to AOL straight from Google; he spent the last 18 or so months as the CTO of DBT Labs. So it’s not like AOL lured the man directly away from the Googleplex (where he spent four and a half years) and all its perks.
Someone with a very interesting political background will soon be in charge of Google’s corporate communications. The company’s hired Jill Hazelbaker, who’s worked with both John McCain and Michael Bloomberg in the past, to replace Matt Furman.
Over the years, more than a few people have compared the Googleplex to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Now, fact and fantasy will come even closer to merging in Pittsburgh, as Google’s decided to lease 40,000 square feet at the former site of a Nabisco plant.
Without getting into whether they’re right or wrong, it’s safe to state that some of Yahoo’s critics might say the company needs all the help it can get. Those same critics might be interested to hear, then, that Yahoo has hired someone whose primary job will be to connect Yahoo with other organizations.
When Google’s current director of product management arrived at his desk this morning, he did so for the last time, according to a new report. Keval Desai is supposed to be leaving Google in order to start a position at Digg.
It looks like Yahoo is quite serious about using its homepage to display news that people actually want to see. Rather than assign someone to tinker with algorithms, the company’s hired a 25-year veteran of the news industry to assemble a team of editors.
Today, as is often the case, one tech company’s loss became another’s gain. Utkarsh Srivastava has left Yahoo after spending more than three years as a senior research scientist there, and Srivastava confirmed (in well under 140 characters) that he’ll land at Twitter.
Srivastava’s background is quite impressive. On the educational front, he earned degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology and Stanford, and happened to receive the Stanford Graduate Fellowship, too.
Earlier this week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer hit a pessimistic note by saying that he expected to see IT spending growth, but not recovery. Now, it seems that Microsoft is about to prove it’s still in recession mode, as rumors of imminent layoffs are circulating.
The man who’s served as YouTube’s director of content partnerships for almost three years has found another job. Jordan Hoffner is set to link up with a content venture at IAC, according to a new report.
It’s a good bet that mailmen (and/or mail servers) are still delivering huge numbers of applications and resumes to Google. A very large survey has confirmed that university students regard the search giant as the world’s most attractive employer.
Universum contacted almost 120,000 students from Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, the UK, and the US regarding which companies they’d most like to work for. The result: Google won in both the business and engineering categories.
It looks like Yahoo’s revolving door recently spun around yet again. A senior vice president of communications and community properties has left the company, and another man’s joined it and been given the title "Vice President of Corporate Development."
It would be an understatement to say that Yahoo’s experienced a rough patch recently, and Microsoft, with Bing launched and a search deal on the way, seems to be doing better. But Yahoo may still have a few tricks up its sleeve, and the company pulled off one by getting a Microsoft sales exec to join its ranks.
When News Corp. acquired MySpace in 2005, it paid $580 million, and all sorts of large figures (the $900 million Google ad deal, for example) have been attached to the social network since. However, it’s never had a chief financial officer, and this morning, MySpace changed that.
eBay’s approach to customer service in Europe is about to change in a big way. eBay announced today that it will eliminate a full 400 positions in Germany, while at the same time, the company intends to hire 100 new employees in Ireland and establish what it calls a "European Centre of Excellence."
Yahoo’s board of directors is going to receive a shakeup at the end of this year. Maggie Wilderotter, who’s been a member since July of 2007, has announced that she’ll vacate the position at that point in time.
Yahoo admitted in an SEC filing last week, "Mrs. Maggie Wilderotter notified Yahoo! Inc. (the ‘Company’) that she intends to resign from the Company’s Board of Directors on December 31, 2009."
In some areas and industries, non-compete clauses are a way of life; companies don’t want their best and brightest working for competitors soon, if ever. California law isn’t too keen on non-compete clauses, however, and it looks like Google wants to accelerate the rate at which Yahoo employees jump ship.
Google seems to be having a hard time holding onto its overseas execs. A little less than two weeks ago, Kai-Fu Lee, the president of Google China, announced his departure, and now, Jennifer Trelewicz, the (former) CTO of Google Russia, has also found another job.
It may be that the exit of Kai-Fu Lee won’t act so much as a stumbling block as a catalyst for Google China. A new report indicates that, following his departure, Google China will double its sales staff and offer cash incentives to 100,000 would-be advertisers.
Tesla Motors has held the attention of most car nuts for some time; it is perhaps the leading manufacturer of electric automobiles that work in the real world. And now, Tesla has gotten hold of YouTube’s head of global communications and public affairs, too.
Ricardo Reyes, who started collecting paychecks from Google in 2007, is set to officially begin working for Tesla in two weeks’ time on September 14th. He’ll hold the title of "Vice President for Communications" within the company.
It appears that Twitter’s found someone to take charge of its search efforts. Doug Cook, who once worked for Yahoo and has several other impressive items on his resume, quietly assumed the title of "Director of Search" at Twitter sometime last month.
Personnel-related "efficiencies" can be good or bad, depending on one’s perspective. Companies want to save money, of course, and their shareholders also appreciate savings. But employees like to keep their jobs. So let’s take a look at what sort of effect the Microsoft-Yahoo deal may have.
Bebo’s last head, Joanna Shields, left the post about 14 months ago, and the long delay in appointing a replacement raised a number of questions about what direction the social networking brand might take. But now Bebo has a new head, and his name is Stephane Panier.
Google’s associate general counsel for products and intellectual property is leaving the corporation. A report indicates that Alexander Macgillivray will now put his legal skills to work for Twitter as its general counsel.
Macgillivray has an impressive resume. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and spent a good deal of time at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a law firm that’s represented major clients including Creative Commons, HP, and McAfee. Macgillivray’s stint at Google lasted a noteworthy six years, too.
Steven Sinofsky is supposed to be very good at his job, and we’re sure his promotion wasn’t made in response to Google’s operating system-related announcement. But in a move that speaks to Microsoft’s confidence in Windows 7, Sinofsky, who contributed to the project, has been made president of the Windows Division.
An important figure at Google may be about to leave, according to a new report. Dick Costolo, the cofounder and CEO of FeedBurner, is supposed to depart the corporation sometime this week.
Michael Arrington apparently confirmed the news today, and with regards to what Costolo has been up to since the $100 million FeedBurner acquisition, continued, "He currently reports to Neal Mohan, an exec in the Ads group, as the group product manager for social ads."
Remember those rumors that certain tech companies had agreed to not poach each other’s employees? Well, it looks like Microsoft’s accusers might owe the corporation an apology, as it’s gotten a person each away from Yahoo and Google.
In the last few months Jerry Yang spent as CEO of Yahoo, as well as the first few months of Carol Bartz’s reign, a lot of people got laid off. Unfortunately for the company, at least a few valued employees are quitting, too, and a senior vice president is ready to join that second group’s ranks.
Facebook’s convinced yet another important Googler to join its ranks. Grady Burnett, who held the title "Director, Online Sales & Operations" while working for the search giant in Ann Arbor, will now be in charge of Facebook’s global online and inside sales.
In the ongoing employee tug-of-war that the top three search companies are waging, it looks like Yahoo’s scored a significant win. Yoelle Maarek, who used to receive paychecks from Google, has accepted the title "Senior Director of Yahoo Research."
Unhappy Googlers may soon be supplied with about as many muffin baskets, pats on the back, and intriguing projects as they can handle. Apparently Google’s developing an algorithm to identify which employees are most likely to quit, and it’s acting on the info in an attempt to keep top workers around.
When it comes to balancing warm, fuzzy feelings against financial needs, Google’s apparently got the formula pat. Even though Yahoo, Microsoft, and lots of other tech companies have laid off more employees in the past year or so, a new report found that the search giant achieved a significantly better profit-per-employee figure.
Although the two developments are taking place for different reasons and on very dissimilar scales, both Google and Yahoo were affected by headcount reductions today. Google’s going to lose an important exec, while Yahoo’s laying off hundreds of employees.
Yahoo’s found someone new to manage a collection of its most important offerings. Bryan Lamkin, who previously worked at Adobe and two venture capital firms, will join the Sunnyvale-based corporation with the title "senior vice president of Applications Products."
According to Gideon Yu’s Facebook profile, the man is a fan of "Facebook," "Facebook Platform," and "The Facebook Effect, by David Kirkpatrick." These repetitive entries are likely to be deleted in the near future, however, because Yu is leaving his position as chief financial officer of the company.
It looks like Microsoft has won another round of the hiring game. Jan O. Pedersen, who used to work for Yahoo and was more recently employed by Amazon subsidiary A9.com, has joined Steve Ballmer’s Redmond-based corporation as chief scientist of Live Search.
Google represented something of a bright spot during the past few months; while other tech companies made layoffs, the search giant just slowed its hiring spree. Unfortunately, Google became part of the downsizing pattern this afternoon, announcing the elimination of 200 sales and marketing positions.
While you’ve probably never stopped to consider the height of the "more options" arrow on Google’s homepage, it’s apparently quite possible that hundreds of man-hours were put into determining its size. Google’s visual design lead announced today that he’s leaving the company, and minutiae like this drove him to the decision.
It looks like (in more than one sense) poor old Yahoo still hasn’t plugged all of its leaks. Marco Boerries, Executive Vice President of the Connected Life Division, is going to quit, and word of the move escaped a little earlier than he and CEO Carol Bartz might have liked.
Steve Horowitz may seem familiar to fans of Google’s Android operating system; he’s written blog posts, given presentations, and even appeared in a YouTube video with Sergey Brin. But Android’s going to have to get along without him, as Horowitz has moved from Google to Coupons, Inc.
The shortest drivable route between the headquarters of Google and Yahoo is a little more than five miles long, taking people around a golf course, Moffett Federal Airfield, and Ames Research Center. We’d like to recommend that Google build a direct tunnel to make the ongoing employee transfer easier.
Last week, some fairly devastating unemployment stats renewed comparisons between what we’re going through now and the Great Depression. Fresh reports indicate that at least a few major tech companies are still happily chatting up potential employees, though.
The company may be tightening restrictions on free food, charging lots of money for childcare, and handing out cell phones instead of proper holiday bonuses. But according to new findings from Glassdoor, good old Google remains one of the best places to work.
As part of its plan to make an acquisition extremely unpalatable to Microsoft, Yahoo adopted a poison pill severance plan six months ago. Now, for the sake of satisfying some shareholders who sued it, Yahoo has made it slightly easier for a new owner to fire employees.
Given all that’s gone on at Microsoft lately, it’s hard to believe that the company has been running around without anyone in charge of its Online Services Group. That period is coming to an end, though, as Dr. Qi Lu, a former Yahoo exec, has gotten the job.
Deals involving Google and Microsoft may get the government feeling nervous, but so far, Facebook’s growth isn’t causing much anxiety. The SEC has given the social networking company special permission to keep hiring and handing employees equity without publicly sharing its financial data.
If you haven’t heard the news from another source, you probably could have guessed it by watching Yahoo’s stock price. Shares have risen about 12.6 percent in pre-market trading on the official announcement that the search for a new CEO is underway.
Yesterday’s election was a pretty straightforward process – no riots, no recounts, not even the threat of a lawsuit. So, as if to make up for it, a couple of questionable reports plagued the search industry today, and we’ll try to straighten out the situation here.
What a week for Imeem. Yesterday, it introduced an Android application to rave reviews. Today, its site became home to the new Guns N’ Roses single. Unfortunately, between those two developments, word spread that about 25 percent of the company’s employees were laid off, and rumor has it that Imeem is up for sale, as well.
Yahoo employees who want to keep their positions have been given some good news and some bad news. The bad: an outside firm is going to conduct some sort of efficiency audit. The silver lining: Bain & Company hasn’t traditionally swung as many axes as one might expect.
It appears that the small boxes used to carry office supplies and personal effects are still in high demand at Yahoo. New reports indicate that Amit Kumar and Kiersten Hollars – two relatively high-ranking employees – are expected to move some within the next week or so.