- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Yahoo unveiled a long-awaited makeover of its home page on Wednesday, the latest change under new CEO Marissa Mayer. Here are key events involving Yahoo Inc. and its performance in recent years:

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.

Jan. 13, 2009: Yahoo names technology veteran Carol Bartz as its new chief executive, bringing in a no-nonsense leader known for developing a clear focus.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sept. 6: Yahoo fires Bartz after less than three years on the job. Morse, the chief financial officer whom Bartz lured from chip-maker Altera Corp., is named interim CEO.

Jan. 4, 2012: Yahoo names Scott Thompson, president of eBay Inc.’s PayPal division, as Yahoo’s new CEO, its fourth in less than five years.

Jan. 17: Co-founder Yang leaves the company as he steps down from the board of directors. He had been on Yahoo’s board since its 1995 inception.

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 25: Yahoo announces three new board members, gearing up for a proxy fight with one of its largest shareholders, Third Point LLC, which is trying to win four seats on Yahoo’s board.

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