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Ad Industry Thanks Jerry Yang for Yahoo

  |  January 18, 2012   |  Comments

As investors cry "good riddance," marketers recall Yahoo founder's contribution.

jerry-yang3Marketers had many kind words for Yahoo founder Jerry Yang in the wake of his resignation from the company's board and other official functions. Their support, often expressed on Twitter, came even as investors cried "good riddance" over revenue declines and Yang's failure to broker a sale to Microsoft two years ago when he was CEO. But Yang's fans took a longer view, and in their tweets often seemed to rebuke those Wall Street critics.

Some were written by the diaspora of former Yahoos (A LinkedIn search finds 25,000 current or former employees), whose careers sprang from the website Yang built along with co-founder David Filo back in 1995. Here are a few:

Chris Copeland, CEO of GroupM Search:

Dylan Parks, VP national sales, Videology Group:

Gideon Yu, chief strategy officer, San Francisco 49ers (former CFO at Facebook and YouTube):

Jean-Philippe Maheu, CEO, Publicis Modem:

Rojit Jenveja, software engineer, Google:

Rick Pal, former product manager for Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Contacts:

Jonathan Yarmis, industry analyst,

Yang walks away with a 3.6 percent stake in Yahoo, where has served on the board of directors since March 1995.

He wrote in a letter, "As I leave the company I co-founded nearly 17 years ago, I am enthusiastic about the appointment of Scott Thompson as Chief Executive Officer and his ability, along with the entire Yahoo! leadership team, to guide Yahoo into an exciting and successful future."



Zachary Rodgers

Until March 2012, Zach Rodgers was managing editor of ClickZ's award-winning coverage of news and trends in digital marketing. He reported on the rise of web companies, data markets, ad technologies, and government Internet policy, among other subjects. 

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