Yahoo Loses Another Top Exec

Dr. Usama Fayyad came from Microsoft, NASA

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June 12th is known as Princess Gwenllian’s Day, Lover’s Day, and Independence Day in various countries.  And we’re ready to call this Run From Yahoo Like It’s On Fire Week, as yet another important employee is leaving.

Dr. Usama Fayyad, like Jeff Weiner before him, served as part of Yahoo’s 15-member management team.  His exact job title was "Chief Data Officer and Executive Vice President, Research & Strategic Data Solutions," and his previous employers include DMX Group, Microsoft, and NASA.

Dr. Usama Fayyad
 Dr. Usama Fayyad

Owen Thomas reports that Fayyad may return to that second company; if so, this would add both insult and injury to injury.  It’s bad enough, after all, that Fayyad, Weiner, Jeremy Zawodny, and J.R. Conlin would leave Yahoo around the same time.  For one of them to go to a direct competitor must really hurt.

Meanwhile, as a result of any number of developments, Yahoo’s stock went down by about ten percent today.  Which might, in turn, encourage still more employees to leave before Friday wraps up.  Who do you have to talk to get a week named?

Ah, well.  Yahoo supposedly has a search partnership with Google in the works, so there could be a bit of good news for the company yet.

Yahoo Loses Another Top Exec
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