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New Yahoo CEO Knows How To Use Email

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Yahoo just announced the hiring of a new CEO, Carol Bartz.   Bartz earned a strong reputation as CEO of Autodesk for 14 years, and generally has received favorable reviews in recent media coverage.  Most importantly, unlike the last outsider hired to be CEO at Yahoo, Terry Semel, she is not allergic to technology.   Semel didn’t use email.   Could you imagine an airline company hiring a new CEO who didn’t fly?  Apparently that analogy didn’t occur to Yahoo’s board, which ironically has more execs with experience in airlines (2, Roy Bostock and Gary Wilson) than Internet (1, Jerry Yang).

Having run Autodesk as an independent software company for 14 years, Bartz seems unlikely to lead Yahoo to a quick sale.

Written by sandykory

January 14, 2009 at 12:45 am

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