The Yahoo! Exodus has just began

The Yahoo! Exodus has just began

For a large global company such as Yahoo!, people hardly notice employees come and go. But if you see a very long list of executives going out the door at this rate, now that’s a cause for concern. Just check out how many bigwigs have left Yahoo this year alone:

From CEOs to founders of acquired properties like Flickr, the list goes on and on.


  • Drew Buckley, VP Yahoo! Studios
  • Jeff Karish, VP Strategic Planning, Yahoo! Media Group
  • Scott Gatz, R&D Manager, Brickhouse
  • Terry Semel, Chairman and CEO
  • Greg Coleman, EVP Sales
  • Bradley Horowitz, VP Yahoo! Advance Technology Division
  • Salim Ismail, VP, Head of Brickhouse
  • Joy Mountford, VP User Experience Design
  • Eckart Walther, VP Search to LiveOps
  • Jeff Bonforte, VP of Social Search
  • Vince Broady, SVP Entertainment Content Operations
  • Chirag Patel, Senior Engineering Manager
  • Ojas Rege, VP Mobile
  • Eric Boyd, VP of Platform Engineering
  • Ian Rogers, General Manager at Yahoo! Music
  • Ira Kurgan, Chief Business Officer, Yahoo! Media Group
  • Brooke Chaffin, VP Business Operations, Yahoo! Media Group
  • Richard Kosinski, VP, Political Advertising, Yahoo!
  • Mike Speiser, VP of Community (co-founder and CEO of Bix, acquired 2007)
  • Gary Clayton, VP of Voice Strategy
  • Jason Zajac, CFO, Yahoo! Network Division
  • Mike Math, Director of Engineering, Yahoo!
  • Jason Zajac, VP Strategy, formerly Head of Video
  • Jeremy Zawodny, Technology Evangelist
  • Usama Fayyad, Chief Data Officer and EVP of Research and Strategic Data Solutions
  • Matthew Berardo, Senior Director of International Business
  • Caterina Fake, Senior Director of Technology Development
  • Amr Awadallah, VP of Engineering
  • Jeff Weiner, EVP Network Division
  • Qi Lu, EVP, Engineering for Search and Advertising Technology Group
  • Stewart Butterfield, General Manager, Flickr
  • Joshua Schachter, Founder –
  • Brad Garlinghouse – “Peanut Butter Manifesto”
  • Vish Makhijani – GM for Search

This is just for 2008 and we left out the middle to lower level employees.

Is this a result of Yahoo’s giving up search monetization to Google and dumping Microsoft’s offer? Maybe not entirely but if did hurt their stocks, I’m sure it would have hurt these people’s stock options too.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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10 Responses

  1. Rickey says:

    Which needs to be explained to me since one of the reasons that Yahoo rejected Microsoft was because it didn’t want to be swallowed up by the “evil” Microsoft culture — and yet these techie “elites” are leaving anyway?

  2. andre says:

    hey…has anybody posted about Yahoo! Philippines? they’ll be setting up shop here…

    sad though to see the great Y!-ers leaving. Yahoo will never be the same.

  3. Yahoo! Asia seems to be independent one way or another. They are very active in Asean alone even with all the fuss about Google-Yahoo-Microsoft, Investor vs Boards, Resignations, etc.

    Dunno, just a hunch. And knowing Jojo Anonuevo (he was my former boss and learned a lot from him; and family friend), if he is staying in Yahoo, then it means they’re not much affected by Yahoo International.


  4. It only means one thing. Yahoo needs constant and never ending improvement. Thats why their hiring new people with more creative ideas.

  5. Jan Alvin says:

    I am astonished of how would you able to get those infos.

  6. jhay says:

    Changes do come at a price. It’s too early to say something about the current developments at Y!, give it a few more years they might just be able to pull off something incredible.

  7. Mighty says:

    Hmmm… With the Exodus of people at Yahoo, they seem to be giving up on the competition and allow Google to dominate the Web. Although Google is great but without competition, where will be after a few years?

  8. james says:

    @jan alvin,

    simple, these people have blogs too, you dont want the world know whats happening to u? dont blog.

  9. Berto Dakuikoi says:

    hi yuga,

    is it possible for you to follow this up with another post that shows the companies where yahoo execs transferred?
    hehe.. joke..

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