Continued from page 1

In a conference call, Thompson said it is too early to offer details on how he intends to revive Yahoo’s revenue growth. But he indicated that one of the keys to success will be Yahoo’s ability to decipher the information that it gathers on the preferences of its 700 million users so it can help advertisers target their commercial pitches.

“Diving into the data, we are going to find ways to compete and innovate in ways the world hasn’t seen yet,” he said.

Thompson also will have to lift Yahoo’s employee morale, which has deteriorated along with the company’s fortunes.

His departure from PayPal threatens to hurt eBay Inc., where the payments service has emerged as the fastest-growing part of a company best known for running online auctions.

EBay CEO John Donahoe said in a companywide email Wednesday: “There is one thing I am certain of: PayPal has an enormous opportunity in front of it and we will not slow down. We will not miss a beat.”

Investors weren’t as certain. EBay stock fell $1.18, or nearly 4 percent, to close at $30.16.

Thompson received a compensation package valued at $10.4 million, including a $645,000 salary, in 2010, according to regulatory documents. Yahoo did not disclose how much it offered to lure him away.

Those figures are likely to emerge in a regulatory filing in the next few days.