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Yahoo Picks PayPal Chief for Its Next CEO
It will take Thompson, a technologist with no advertising, media or turnaround experience, a while to get up to speed

By: Maureen O'Gara

Four months after canning Carol Bartz, its last CEO, Yahoo Wednesday morning named PayPal president Scott Thompson its fourth CEO in under five years. He starts January 9.

Acting CEO Tim Morse will go back to being CFO.

According to Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock, Thompson is expected to "restore the energy, focus, and momentum necessary to grow the core business and deliver increased value for our shareholders." Yahoo shares dipped on the news.

It will take Thompson, a technologist with no advertising, media or turnaround experience, a while to get up to speed.

He said his "immediate focus will be on getting to know the entire team and hearing more from all Yahoos, working closely with the engineers and product teams, and diving deeply into our products and services to learn more about what our more than 700 million users find most engaging and useful. I will also be working directly with our region leaders and sales teams globally to get a clearer understanding of the needs of our advertisers and publishers. Clearly, speed is important but we will attack both the opportunity ahead and the competitive challenges with an appropriate balance of urgency and thoughtfulness. I cannot wait to get started."

Thompson is expected to work with Yahoo's dysfunctional board. Bostock made clear that "Scott's primary focus will be on the core business, and as CEO and director, he will work closely with the board as we continue the strategic review process to identify the best approaches for the company and its shareholders. As part of this process, Yahoo is considering a wide range of opportunities for the company's business, as well as specific investments or dispositions of assets."

The company is supposed to be entertaining proposals to sell off its position in Yahoo Japan and part of its 40% holding in Alibaba for billions of dollars. Alibaba has also said it would like to buy all of Yahoo and has reportedly been putting the financing together. Thompson's appointment apparently signals that Yahoo won't be sold.

A minority stake in Yahoo could still go to private equity investors. There are two proposals on that table, one from Silver Lake, another from TPG Capital, and rumors that Google and Microsoft could also take a run at the struggling Internet pioneer.

Thompson said on a conference call that he is convinced Yahoo's core business assets are stronger than people think, ticking off its traffic, brand, technology and access to data. Sounds like data's probably his strong suit. He also has mobile ambitions. Yahoo flubbed mobile.

Up against Google and Facebook sales growth and vision at Yahoo has proven elusive for years now and Thompson's success growing PayPal into what should soon be eBay's largest business may not transfer over. Alibaba may also find Thompson as difficult to deal with as Bartz.

According to the Wall Street Journal, this summer "PayPal said it would stop providing electronic-payment services for AliExpress, an online sales platform run by Alibaba Group unit Alibaba.com Ltd. The termination came after Alibaba resisted a bid by PayPal to increase the rates it charged for services on the platform."

During Thompson's administration Yahoo said PayPal solidified its lead as the global online payment service, expanded its user base from 50 million to more than 104 million active users in 190 countries worldwide, increased the number of merchant partners to more than eight million globally, and grew revenues from $1.8 billion to upwards of $4 billion in 2011.

Forbes suggests that PayPal is headed for a spin-off and that Thompson is leaving a mint and a far easier job behind to join Yahoo.

Bostock, who claimed Yahoo wouldn't be going private on the conference call, said, "Scott brings to Yahoo a proven record of building on a solid foundation of existing assets and resources to reignite innovation and drive growth, precisely the formula we need at Yahoo."

Before running PayPal for four years he was its CTO and before that executive vice-president of technology solutions at Inovant, the unit formed to oversee Visa's global technology.

Thompson's departure leaves eBay in a lurch. eBay CEO John Donahoe, who only found out Thompson was leaving Tuesday afternoon, will step in as PayPal's president until a replacement can be found. eBay shares fell too.

About Maureen O'Gara
Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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Why do business people think they have a revolution on their hands, while IT people look cloud computing as an evolution of infrastructure efficiency? We define the role of IT and give it the responsibility and the accountability in the business in a way that is quite strongly related to internal p...
Cloud BCP – PAYG Disaster Recovery
As we have been finalizing our upcoming webinar Cloud BCP, it struck me how much it is the perfect use case to explain the core value and trend of Cloud Computing, to non-technical and senior executive types. With so much hype it can be difficult to cut to the chase, and so that’s why I think ‘PAYG...
One of our primary focus and service areas is ‘GovCloud’ - Government Cloud Computing. In a nutshell this means building new Cloud services in line with the best practice models from NIST, the primary source of defining Cloud Computing reference architectures, comprised of the foll...
Key Challenges in Cloud Computing to Enable Future Internet of Things
"Key Challenges in Cloud Computing to Enable Future Internet of Things" is the title of the talk about future Internet of Things that I gave today January 19th at The 4th EU-Japan Symposium on New Generation Networks and Future Internet. ...
"It is what is on the inside that counts." How many times have we all been told that? Personally, I can't even remember. However, just because it is perhaps overused and undoubtedly cliché, does not make it any less true. In fact, I rank it right up there with the golden rule as mantras that one sho...
We were very excited to announce recognition of our hard work on our SSL VPN solutions: F5 Positioned in Leaders Quadrant of SSL VPN Magic Quadrant. Second, we were even more excited to announce adding industry-leading support for Android’s 4.x OS, enhancing its SSL VPN capabilities. Why would be e...
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Past SYS-CON Events
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    Virtualization Expo East
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    Cloud Expo West
cloudcomputingexpo
2009west.sys-con.com

 
    Virtualization Expo West
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    GovIT Expo
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    Cloud Expo Europe
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Cloud Expo 2010 Allstar Conference Faculty

SARWAL
Oracle

COFFEE
Salesforce

KHAN
Sybase

BISHOP
Adaptivity

MALCOLM
Abiquo

KHALIDI
Microsoft

RILEY
AWS

AZUA
IBM

BARRETO
Intel

CHAKRAVARTY
Novell

CRANDELL
RightScale

GAUVIN
Virtual Ark

GROSS
Unisys

SCHALK
Google

YEN
Juniper Networks

WILLOUGHBY
Compuware

What The Enterprise IT World Says About Cloud Expo
 
"We had extremely positive feedback from both customers and prospects that attended the show and saw live demos of NaviSite's enterprise cloud based services."
  –William Toll
Sr. Director, Marketing & Strategic Alliances
Navisite
 


 
"More and better leads than ever expected! I have 4-6 follow ups personally."
  –Richard Wellner
Chief Scientist
Univa UD
 


 
"Good crowd, good questions. The event looked very successful."
  –Simon Crosby
CTO
Citrix Systems
 


 
"Great conference and group of speakers, interesting timely announcements, and awesome networking."
  –Ricardo Sanchez
Software Architect
Myriadtech