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Key events involving Yahoo and its performance
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Key events involving Yahoo Inc. and its performance:
Nov. 17, 2008: Yahoo Inc. says co-founder Jerry Yang will step down as CEO as soon as a replacement is found. It ends a rocky reign marked by Yang’s refusal to sell the Internet company to Microsoft Corp. for $47.5 billion, or $33 per share, in May 2008. Yahoo’s board had been facing pressure to push him out as its stock plunged to its lowest levels since early 2003 and well below Microsoft’s last offer price.
Feb. 26: Yahoo announces a management shake-up. Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen is pushed out, while Yahoo’s chief technology officer and its top advertising executive in the United States get expanded duties.
April 21: Yahoo announces plans to cut nearly 700 jobs, or about 5 percent of its work force.
June 11: Yahoo hires a cost-cutting specialist, Tim Morse, as its new chief financial officer.
July 29: Microsoft and Yahoo announce a 10-year search deal. Yahoo turns over responsibility for search technology to Microsoft, while Yahoo concentrates on sales of billboard-style advertising on the Web.
Feb. 18, 2010: Regulators in the U.S. and Europe approve the search partnership.
March 2: In pleading for patience, Bartz points to the years it took Steve Jobs to revive Apple Inc. after his return in 1997.
Oct. 7: Yahoo rolls out new tools to get people to the information they seek more quickly, especially when searching about entertainment, sports and major events. The hope is to distinguish itself from its Internet search partner, Microsoft, because Yahoo gets a cut of ad revenue when searches are done on its own site.
Dec. 16: Word leaks of services that Yahoo is thinking of shutting down, days after it shed 600 employees, or about 4 percent of its work force.
May 10, 2011: Yahoo makes a surprise disclosure that Alibaba Group, one of China’s most powerful Internet companies, had spun off its online payment service, Alipay. The split causes investors to re-evaluate the value of Yahoo’s then-43 percent stake in Alibaba.
June 23: Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock seeks to defuse speculation about Bartz’s job security at Yahoo’s annual shareholders meeting, only to have it ignited again at the end of the session by an exasperated investor.
Feb. 7: Chairman Roy Bostock and three other longtime board members say they won’t seek re-election to give Thompson an enhanced team of independent directors. Many Yahoo shareholders had been clamoring for Bostock to step down since the company balked Microsoft’s 2008 takeover offer.
March 28: Hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb, who controls a 5.8 percent stake in the company through his Third Point fund, blasts Yahoo’s board appointments as “illogical.”
April 4 Yahoo announces plans to lay off 2,000 employees, or about 14 percent of its workforce. The cuts are part of an overhaul aimed at focusing on what Thompson believes are Yahoo’s strengths while also trying to address its weaknesses in the increasingly important mobile computing market.
April 6: Thompson unveils a plan to reorganize the company into three main divisions focused on users, advertisers and technology. It will take effect on May 1. Yahoo believes the new structure will improve users’ experience with Yahoo, work closely with advertisers in different regions of the globe and strengthen the company’s technology group.
April 17: Yahoo reports first-quarter earnings, the first results under Thompson. The company shows signs of modest progress. Net income rose 28 percent from a year ago. Revenue grew less than 1 percent, but it’s a breakthrough because the company’s revenue has been steadily falling for years.
May 3: Loeb, the disgruntled Yahoo shareholder, questions Thompson’s qualifications and integrity after exposing a misrepresentation about the executive’s education. Yahoo confirms that Thompson doesn’t have a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Stonehill College, as Yahoo previously stated. Thompson only has an accounting degree from Stonehill. Yahoo blames an “inadvertent error” and says its board will investigate.
May 7: Deadline passes with Thompson still on the job. Loeb’s Third Point makes a legal demand for internal records about Thompson’s hiring. In a memo to employees, Thompson apologizes for the distractions caused by furor without offering an explanation on who was responsible. He also promises to cooperate with an investigation by Yahoo’s board.
May 8: Patti Hart, who led the committee that hired Thompson, surrenders her board seat, becoming the first casualty in the dust-up. Hart says she decided to not to seek re-election to Yahoo’s board to focus on her job as CEO at gambling machine maker International Game Technology. Yahoo also says its probe will be handled by a committee of three directors who joined the company’s board after Thompson was hired.
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