Yahoo to Name Software Exec Its New CEO

Bartz, of Autodesk, will succeed Yang, sources say

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 13, 2009 1:10 PM CST

(Newser) – Yahoo will soon name Carol Bartz as its new CEO after a two-month search for a successor to Jerry Yang, the Wall Street Journal reports. The 60-year-old Bartz served as CEO of Autodesk Inc from 1992 to 2006, and still serves as the company’s executive chairman. She’s also on the board at Cisco Systems, alongside none other than Yang, and has previously been an executive at Sun Microsystems.

Exterior view of Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., Monday, Oct. 20, 2008.
Exterior view of Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., Monday, Oct. 20, 2008.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Autodesk Inc's Carol Bartz speaks during the Business Software Alliance's fifth Annual CEO Forum Wednesday, June 7, 2000 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Autodesk Inc's Carol Bartz speaks during the Business Software Alliance's fifth Annual CEO Forum Wednesday, June 7, 2000 on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (Getty Images)
Carol Bartz listens to a roundtable discussion at the Global Tech Summit December 5, 2001 in Washington, DC.
Carol Bartz listens to a roundtable discussion at the Global Tech Summit December 5, 2001 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
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