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It's Opposite Day: Yahoo Grabs a Microsoft Exec!

For a long time now, it has been Microsoft constantly raiding the Yahoo talent pool, as one top tech exec after another has left its Sunnyvale, Calif., HQ to join the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant.

As Digital Daily’s John Paczkowski noted in a post in March titled, “Microsoft Acquiring Yahoo One Employee at a Time”:

First, Sean Suchter, VP of search technology at Yahoo, left to become general manager of Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Search Technology Center. Then, Yahoo search scientist Qi Lu followed him, tapped as president of Microsoft’s Online Services Group. And, soon after that, Larry Heck, former VP of search & advertising sciences at Yahoo Labs, accepted a job in the R&D department of the software giant’s online services division. Now, Yahoo alum Jan Pedersen has joined them as well. Admittedly, Pedersen arrives at Microsoft by way of Amazon’s A9.com. But prior to that gig, he was chief scientist and VP, Search and Advertising Technology Group at Yahoo.


But Yahoo U.S. advertising sales head Joanne Bradford–who worked at Microsoft (MSFT) for many years–obviously knows how to play that game and has managed to grab one of the its top ad sales execs, Seth Dallaire.

Yahoo (YHOO) confirmed that Dallaire (pictured here) joined the company last week, as VP of mid-market sales, a newly-created role responsible for all mid-market sales efforts across search and display advertising.

Dallaire had been at Microsoft for seven years, most recently running its retail vertical and Midwest region. Previous to that, he ran business development partnerships at Amazon (AMZN).

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