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Yahoo's Display Ad VP & GM Departs–Meanwhile, Hair-tastic U.S. Head Reorgs Unit

David Zinman, Yahoo’s VP and GM for display advertising–who came to the company via its acquisition of BlueLithium ad network–is leaving the company and will be replaced by the CEO of Dapper, another ad-related Yahoo purchase.

Yahoo confirmed the move by Zinman (pictured here), after an inquiry by BoomTown, in a statement:

“David Zinman, Vice President & GM, Display Marketplace at Yahoo! has decided to leave the company, effective January 11. He’ll be working very closely with James Beriker, the former CEO of Dapper, who will take on David’s position, to ensure a smooth transition and build upon Yahoo!’s leadership position in display advertising.”

A source close to the company said the move was not part of a reorganization about to take place of the critical U.S. advertising unit by its new leader, Americas EVP Ross Levinsohn.

Levinsohn, who came to Yahoo in late fall, is now prepping a rejiggering of this management team, much as Chief Product Officer Blake Irving did soon after he arrived last April.

Unlike Irving’s, which included a number of significant exec departures, Levinsohn’s new structure is not expected to be as drastic, nor will it involve the massive layoffs that took place in the product unit in December.

Levinsohn, according to numerous sources inside the Silicon Valley company, seems to be off to a good start there, with many considering the fast-talking exec a “breath of fresh air.”

Or, perhaps, breath of hair.

Apropos of nothing, pretty much everyone I spoke to about his performance thus far comments on his very bouncy and behaving mane.

They are lovely locks, as I can attest, and as you can see here.

So, let’s hope Levinsohn can grow Yahoo’s stagnant revenue as well as he does his tresses.


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