Posted January 13, 2009 1:23 pm by with 23 comments

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UPDATE: Yahoo has confirmed Carol Bartz as the new CEO, and announced that President Sue Decker will resign at the end of the transitional period.

As rumored just a few days ago, Yahoo is expected to announce Carol Bartz as its next CEO. Bartz, the former chief executive of software company Autodesk Inc., will take over from Jerry Yang, according to the WSJ.

There’s no official word of the appointment–CNET suggests that Bartz has not yet accepted Yahoo’s offer–and Silicon Alley Insider has gone as far as to suggest that board politics played a major role in the selection decision:

[A] Yahoo executive went so far as to call Bartz a “board buddy” of Yahoo’s current top management, because she sits on the Intel board alongside Decker and with former Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang on Cisco’s board.

We’ll wait for the official word, but everything suggests that Yahoo is ready to appoint a CEO with substance over flair.

In the meantime, we expect “Carol Bartz” to make an appearance on Google trends, as people try to figure out who she is. 😉

  • Congrats to Carol. That’s so funny because I was just about to go and Google her…lol.

  • Good luck to yahoo!

    Btw, there is a Typo in the anchor text of the trends link.

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    When you talk about substance over flair, how much of the latter did Carol’s predecessor actually have?

  • I googled her just before stopping by to see what you had to say! I wonder if she makes the Yahoo! list for “Today’s Top Searches”…my guess is that most of the people interested in the news search with Google though.

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    It is going to take some big ideas to take on the might of google. But good luck and I hope the competition becomes a little fiercer

  • Her profile is outstanding. She is very much qualified for the position although she may not have a background of media and internet services. Yahoo may be in the right hands..

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  • I’m curious to see what sort of hcanges we’ll see. I hope this brings Yahoo back into the competition.

  • Good luck to Yahoo! they need to get back in the game and maybe a fresh set of eyes and a neew take on things will help shake things up a bit

  • I am unconvinced that this old boys club appointment is going to benefit Yahoo at all. Let’s see where this goes…..I bet that it is going to end with a nice payout for Carol and very little real benefit for Yahoo. I would love to be proved wrong, however, as the search engine market desperately needs healthy competition!

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  • Well, hopefully this is a good move for Yahoo.

    @Quilmes, I doubt gender is an issue here. The tech world is dominated by men. So it’s not unlikely for many men to hold top positions. There wouldn’t be an uproar. …I don’t think.

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  • Hopefully she can make Yahoo more competitive that it has been. It seems like it could be just another CEO that will not bring many new ideas, but we will find out what will happen.

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  • “Connections” work after all! Let us hope that Yahoo will see better days ahead.

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  • Will be interesting to see her direction for Yahoo! Best of luck to her.

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  • Good luck, Carol! I hope now Google is in the right hands!

  • Hopefully she’ll start out with Yahoo Mail. They should really get their so called “spam filter” checked out!

    Maybe the first company to give google a run for their money?

  • Hopefully everything works out for her, she has a HUGE task ahead of her because the company has been on a downward spiral for a long time. They should have hired a team of major successful internet startups to oversee Yahoo

  • I hope Carol will justify all ambitions of the company in the future.

  • Yeah, congrats to her. She has a lot of work to do!

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  • Hi !

    ” Oh Carol … “

    Was one OLD song .
    Who was the singer ?
    Sorry !
    I forget …
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