Scott Thompson cold-emailed his way into the Yahoo CEO job

This piece from yesterday is related to the topic of Yahoo shopping its ad tech units but the part I found most interesting was the story on how Scott Thompson became CEO of Yahoo:

All I can say is that Thompson certainly has a lot of gumption. That has actually been his M.O. from the start, said several sources, with the former president of eBay’s PayPal payments unit and dark horse cold-emailing his way into the Yahoo CEO job.

True story: He had not been among its list of possible candidates — largely because he had been placed in his job at eBay many moons ago by Heidrick & Struggles, which was conducting the Yahoo CEO search, and that’s a talent acquisition no-no to poach someone you placed.

That did not stop Thompson, who thought he might be good for the job and reached out directly to board members at the end of the selection effort, which then led to the search committee and soon enough to the job in what was a very quick vetting and secretive (although not secretive enough!) hiring process.

via To Stanch Layoffs, Yahoo Has Been Shopping Its Ad Technology Units – Kara Swisher – News – AllThingsD.

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