Marissa Mayer has resigned as Yahoo’s CEO after running the company for about five years. She’ll walk away with a $US23 million package now that Verizon’s $US4.48 billion acquisition of Yahoo has closed.
In a statement announcing the deal, Verizon said: “Given the inherent changes to Marissa Mayer’s role with Yahoo resulting from the closing of the transaction, Mayer has chosen to resign from Yahoo. Verizon wishes Mayer well in her future endeavours.”
In an open letter to Yahoo employees, Mayer said, “It’s been my great honour and privilege to be a part of this team for the last 5 years. Together, we have rebuilt, reinvented, strengthened, and modernised our products, our business, and our company.”
She also rattled off a list of other accomplishments, like Yahoo’s stock performance and reaching over 1 billion users per month.
Yahoo and Verizon previously announced Mayer would step down once the deal closed. That became official on Tuesday.
Mayer was hired in 2012 to turn Yahoo around after years of instability and executive shakeups. Even though the stock performed well under Mayer, she largely failed to put Yahoo in a position where it could thrive on its own.
Under Verizon, Yahoo will merge with AOL into a new entity called Oath, which will oversee the various media properties like Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Engadget. AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong will be the CEO of Oath.
Mayer has not announced what she plans to do next. You can read her full farewell letter to employees over on Tumblr.
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