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.