Speculation about the choice for the new Yahoo CEO search continues in the wake of the layoffs Yahoo announced last week. And Kara Swisher continues her search for Jerry Yang's replacement, gathering picks from the raft of ex-Yahoo employees in her blog post today.
Some respondents said that a media mogul, such as Disney's Bob Iger or News Corp.'s Peter Chernin, is the right medicine for Yahoo. Former COO Dan Rosensweig comes up in the context of someone who could hit the ground running and has a product focus, as well as former Yahoo execs Jeff Weiner and Jeff Mallet. Others who surfaced were Yahoo board members, Vodafone's Arun Sarin, Microsoft and Google execs, and even Steve Jobs (Apple would buy Yahoo).
The Yahoo board clearly has many choices. The best pick will be someone who, like Jerry Yang, can bleed purple in terms of motivating the 10,000-plus employees, but also can unleash the potential of the products and services, and right-size the business. With leading news, finance, and communications services, and even profits, Yahoo is bent but not broken.