In a not-to-surprising move, Jerry Yang steps down as CEO.

Yahoo to replace Yang as CEO, ending rocky reign

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo Inc. co-foundr Jerry Yang is stepping down as chief executive, ending a rocky reign marked by his refusal to sell the Internet company to Microsoft Corp. for $47.5 billion — more than triple Yahoo’s current market value.

The change in command announced Monday won’t be completed until Yahoo finds his replacement. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said it is interviewing candidates inside and outside Yahoo in a search led by its chairman, Roy Bostock, and the executive recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles.

“Jerry and the board have had an ongoing dialogue about succession timing, and we all agree that now is the right time to make the transition to a new CEO who can take the company to the next level,” Bostock said.

Yang, who started working on Yahoo with Stanford University classmate David Filo in 1994, will revert to “Chief Yahoo,” a titular role he filled before replacing former movie studio boss Terry Semel as CEO in June 2007. He will also remain on Yahoo’s board of directors. (Source: Associated Press)

Yang has been criticized heavily not having shown support for the Microsoft proposed acquisition. Today Yahoo trades around 10 bucks and is not looking to recover too soon.

I personally feel a little sentimental to all these web companies. Hate to see them just disappear.

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