Longtime Microsoft exec Yusuf Mehdi is taking over a big part of Microsoft's online services portfolio--including marketing, online audience business development and product management for MSN and the
search properties, reports Kara Swisher. But the company still needs to name an overall digital head for these online properties, which has been promised by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer since the
departure of Kevin Johnson in late July.
Mehdi, previously the SVP for strategic partnerships under Johnson, is now part of a team that includes Brian McAndrews, the SVP for the advertiser
and publisher solutions group, and Satya Nadella, the SVP who heads engineering for Microsoft's search, portal and advertising platform group Who will lead this three-headed beast is still unknown,
Swisher reports, adding that both Mehdi and McAndrews have been considered the top internal candidates to lead the online properties group, which has been struggling for direction after Microsoft's
failed takeover of Yahoo.
Yahoo's shares have plummeted in recent days, as Wall Street has been hard hit, closing at just below $17 a share today, with a market cap of almost half of what
Microsoft's initial offer was early this year. To stir things up and catch archrival Google, Ballmer has reportedly been trying to recruit a superstar exec from outside the company, including Silicon
Valley, to no avail.
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