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.
It appears that not all is well (or at least normal) at Baidu. Last week, the company’s COO abruptly resigned, and today, its CTO followed suit. Both men cited "personal reasons" for their departures, and Baidu’s made little other information available.
Yahoo’s board of directors has gained another member. Sue James, who’s spent most of the past 35 years working for and with Ernst & Young, joined it earlier this week, and became Chair of the Board’s Audit Committee at the same time.
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.
Several changes in Baidu’s executive lineup occurred today, and fans can take heart in the fact that two of them came about as the result of promotions. The third is a little more troubling, insofar as Baidu’s chief operating officer resigned "for personal reasons."