/// Ex-Yahoos Getting Downloaded by PE Firms and Others on Possible Deals

November 11, 2011  |  All Things Digital

One of Yahoo’s biggest problems — brain train — has turned out to be an asset for private equity firms and other players interested in figuring out their best moves related the Silicon Valley Internet giant. A plethora of ex-Yahoos, including many former top execs, are getting pigeonholed by those who want to know more about the inner workings of the company that might not be obvious from its copious financial data available publicly. That includes former Americas head Hilary Schneider, who has a longer term consulting gig with TPG Capital, one of the several PE firms that has recently signed a non-disclosure agreement with Yahoo; former COO and President Sue Decker, who has had a longtime informal relationship with Blackstone, which has not signed the NDA and has been in talks with Yahoo’s Asian partners, Alibaba Group and SoftBank; and even former CEO Carol Bartz, who sources said, has also been contacted to get her insights. She is one of many in that regard, in a large pool of former Yahoos, such as: LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, who had run Yahoo’s media efforts; Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig, former Yahoo COO; SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, who ran swathes of Yahoo’s entertainment properties; Criteo CEO Greg Coleman, former Yahoo sales head; former CEO Terry Semel, who is now an investor; former communications exec Brad Garlinghouse, who is now at AOL; and Demand Media Chief Revenue Officer Joanne Bradford, who also was a top Yahoo sales exec. Not all are cooperating with the requests for a chit-chat about Yahoo, but there is much incoming interest in ex-Yahoos and what they might know. There’s lots more where that came from, from all parts and all levels of Yahoo, given the breadth of the exes now doing very well — thank you very much — throughout the tech and media industries. Thus calls from PE firms, from Silver Lake to Bain Capital to Providence Equity Partners, as well as interest from major and majorly irritated shareholders, such as activist hedge fund investor Dan Loeb

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