Yahoo CTO Retires

"Yahoo!'s CTO, Farzad Nazem, 45, has decided that it's time to take a breather and has announced his retirement. His last official day at Yahoo! will be June 8, 2007", according to the company press release.

"Zod agreed to remain on board to help see Yahoo! through some key milestones including the company and subsequent Technology Group re-design efforts as well as the critical launch of Panama. Zod has established an extremely strong and accomplished leadership team within the technology organization" the press release explained.

"Effective immediately, Jerry Yang has agreed to step in as the interim executive sponsor of the group and will work closely with David Filo and the technology leadership team to continue to drive the technology strategy forward. We will begin an immediate search for a new technology leader.

For additional information on Zod's retirement, please read his post on our corporate blog, Yodel anecdotal: http://yodel.yahoo.com/2007/05/30/eleven-years-12000-yahoos-and-one-great-ride/."

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Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.