26 posts and columns on Ari Balogh
As BoomTown reported earlier today, Yahoo is searching for a new CTO and chief product officer. Its current exec in charge, Ari Balogh, confirmed in an interview this afternoon that he is leaving the company due to family issues. The leading candidate for Balogh’s job at Yahoo, said several sources, is former Microsoft exec Blake Irving.
Yahoo Mobile Head David Ko Takes Over Audience Job Too (But Mobile Product Development Moves Under Balogh)David Ko, head of Yahoo’s mobile division, has added the Internet giant’s vast media properties in the U.S. to his portfolio, according to several sources. With purview over programming and more for the main Yahoo media properties, such as News and Finance, he will now control a vast swath of its consumer-facing products. But, in a related move, product development for mobile has moved from under Ko to CTO and EVP of Products Ari Balogh.
Longtime Yahoo tech leader Ash Patel is taking some time off until early 2010. Yahoo confirmed the break to BoomTown. In recent days, some inside the company had mistakenly thought the 44-year-old EVP for Product Architecture & Strategy was departing the company for good. Actually, it’s more of a sabbatical for Patel.
In a risky but interesting move that has some at the company nervous and others excited, Yahoo is in the process of moving key development responsibility for its juggernaut Yahoo News unit to Taiwan. Under the new system, product management, engineering and user interface design for one of Yahoo’s flagship properties will become the responsibility of staffers there. Editorial employees for Yahoo News–which is the No. 1 news site on the Web with 48.4 unique monthly visitors, according to comScore data –will remain in the U.S., largely located at its Santa Monica, Calif., office. Yahoo confirmed the change to BoomTown yesterday.
All the news is already out about the new Yahoo homepage, which was launched today for users in the U.S. It features customizable apps, as well as a cleaner look. But, just in case you are not satisfied yet, here is the full press release on the new front page for Yahoo.