Yet another Yahoo executive departs the twelve-year-old company. Steve Souders, Chief Performance Officer at Yahoo, will start at Google next Monday, according to his personal website.
Before you all assume that Souders was in charge of Yahoo’s Mime Troupe, let us clarify that the Chief of Performance was in charge of website performance. Souders is author of the High Performance Web Sites. At Yahoo, he worked on the YSlow Firefox (Firebug) extension, as well as the official Developer Network and the User Interface blogs.
Souders has worked at Yahoo since 2000. You may have seen him speaking at April’s Web 2.0 Expo or October’s Widget Summit or Future of Web Apps.
Yahoo executives have been leaving the company with such frequency this year that it’s hardly news. Some say that it’s yet another sign that Yahoo, once the sweetheart of the Internet, is on the fast track to oblivion. I wouldn’t go that far yet, but losing yet another executive to Google has still got to smart.