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Exclusive: Yahoo CTO Out, But Stays EIR at Company

Yahoo CTO Raymie Stata is stepping down as CTO of the Silicon Valley Internet giant, the company confirmed this afternoon, after I made a query about the change.

He will be replaced by Ash Munshi, Yahoo said.

In a statement, the company said:

“Raymie Stata, CTO, has taken on a newly created role of EIR at Yahoo! to allow him to return to his entrepreneurial roots. Yahoo! is excited to appoint Ash Munshi to the role of CTO. Ash has a well-established career managing successful global technology organizations at the most senior levels with a laser focus on meeting and exceeding customer needs.”

While sources said Stata had planned to leave Yahoo, he will remain an Entrepreneur in Residence there, an unusual arrangement for a big company. Typically, departing execs become EIRs at venture firms.

The latest talent shift at Yahoo is part of a broader attrition problem at the company, which has been persistent for years and has worsened in the wake of the firing of CEO Carol Bartz and a massive strategic review of its options.

Employees at the company have become troubled by the turmoil and are worried about what a possible change of control will bring for Yahoo.

Stata was appointed CTO last June, after having been its Chief Architect. He has reported to Chief Product Officer Blake Irving.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work