Yahoo Re-Organizes, Execs Drop Like Flies

Carl Icahn may not have to worry about the Yahoo! severance plan as much as he originally thought. Yahoo is reorganizing and execs are bailing left and right, and they’re not even waiting for a proxy board takeover to make their moves.

Earlier this week came the news that Jeff Weiner was leaving the search company. Now, Qi Lu, Yahoo’s Executive Vice President of Search and Advertising Technology is headed out the door. So is Vish Makhijani, Senior Vice President of Search, is also exiting.

Brad Garlinghouse, author of the (in)famous Peanut Butter Manifesto, is “considering alternatives” but is widely expected to bolt as well.

Lu, Makhijani, and Garlinghouse were all moved to the newly created Global Products group, to be headed by Ash Patel, the current Exec. Vice President of Yahoo’s Platforms and Infrastructure, according to Kara Swisher. Patel has been with Yahoo since 1996 and is not seen as the type of leader needed to jumpstart the company.

However, the LA Times reported that Lu was already planning to move to China while Makhijani is heading over to Russia’s leading search engine, Yandex, to lead SF-area operations.

Another move expected in the reorganization is the expanded responsibilities of Hillary Schneider, Executive Vice President of Global Partner Solutions. Schneider and Patel will be peers and report directly to Yahoo President Sue Decker, who is said to be largely responsible for the re-organization.

Still, the founders of at least 2 acquired companies aren’t sticking around for the new arrangement. Flickr co-founders Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake and founder Joshua Schachter are saying, “Adios!” to Yahoo.

At least, that “Now Hiring” notice from a few weeks ago is finally starting to make sense.

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