Mayer, others to depart Yahoo board; company to be renamed Altaba – USA TODAY
Yahoo could see some big changes in 2017 if the proposed $4.8 billion sale to Verizon is completed. CEO Marissa Mayer announced she would resign from the company’s board following the sale and the company could even get a new name.
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SAN FRANCISCOÂ â Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, co-founder David Filo and others plan to resign from the company’s board when it completes its $4.8 billion sale to Verizon.
The high-profile Mayer, who was brought in to save the Internet icon in 2012; Filo, who co-founded the company at Stanford University in 1994;Â board chairman Maynard Webb; and three others are departing. It is unclear, however, if Mayer will remain in some capacity.
Eric Brandt, a newÂ member of Yahoo’s 11-member board, was named chairman immediately.
In a Securities and Exchange Commission filingÂ lateÂ today, Yahoo said the resignations are “not due to any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Companyâs operations, policies or practices.”
The filing also said the company would be renamed Altaba afterÂ the Verizon deal closes.
Meyers absence from the new company’s board is not surprising at all, said Gil Luria,Â managing directorÂ forÂ equities research at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles.
âAltabaÂ will not be an operating company andÂ thereforÂ there is very little for her to be involved in,â he said.
Luria theorized that Altaba, whose value is mostly made up of Yahooâs Alibaba stake, will likely be unwound over time by selling the Alibaba and Yahoo Japan stakes to investors.
âThe only consideration slowing that sale down would be tax consequences to shareholders who have seen the Alibaba stake appreciate considerably since Yahoo bought the stake,â he said.
The Yahoo-Verizon deal has been star-crossed since it was announced in July 2016.
Last week, aÂ seniorÂ VerizonÂ executive who was instrumental in the telecomÂ company’s planned purchase of Yahoo’s Internet business expressed doubts over the deal, the second top exec to raise the specter of a changed or abandoned takeover.
“I can’t sit here today and say with confidence one way or another because we still don’t know,” Marni Walden, president of product innovation and new businesses at Verizon, said when asked about determining whether the deal gets done.Â She did, however, tell attendees at an investment bank conference in Las Vegas that the deal made sense.
Verizon execs have been unsettled by two disclosed digital breaches by Yahoo that have affected more than 1 billion of its members dating back several years.
Yahoo has also struggled to land digital advertising in the face of withering competition from larger rivals Google and Facebook.
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