If Yahoo believed in the wisdom of the crowds, Seth Dallaire would be the next ad sales boss at Yahoo (YHOO).
After hundreds of votes from our readers, Seth is the winner with 35% of the votes. Coming in a close second was Mitch Spolan with 31%, though he was ripped in the comments as “the biggest butt kissing kool aid drinker in the entire company!” (Actually, is that a bad thing? Sounds like a good thing if you’re selling Yahoo.)
Seth joined Yahoo in October shortly after Joanne Bradford. He was previously at Microsoft. Before that he was at Amazon. So, he has a decade’s worth of experience on the Web. Right now he’s leading the “sales teams focused on selling search and display advertising to mid-market advertisers and agencies,” according to LinkedIn.
When Kara Swisher reported that Joanne was leaving Yahoo, the first name she mentioned as a possible replacement was Mitch Spolan.
Mitch's title is VP of North America Field Sales, according to his LinkedIn profile. He's been with Yahoo for 11 years. On LinkedIn his profile reads 'In 2003, Mitch won the Yahoo! SuperStar Award which is the highest distinction a Yahoo! employee can earn.'
His Twitter profile says he's ' VERY passionate' about Yahoo.
Bill Wise oversees Yahoo's ad platforms. He was president of Right Media, which was acquired by Yahoo in 2007.
Sources told us last fall the Right Media Exchange is 'kicking arse' for Yahoo. Despite its success, lots of Right Media people left Yahoo at the end of last year. Does Carol want to lock down Bill via promotion?
(Bill was 96 our SAI 100 list in 2008.)
Frank Weishaupt is an 8 year veteran at Yahoo overseeing the ad marketplaces at the company.
His official bio says he 'is responsible for setting and driving strategic and financial goals for display and search advertising businesses. Frank also held two key senior management positions in the Yahoo! sales organisation during his tenure.'
He appears to be featured in a 2004 USA Today article about football fans. Frank is a hardcore Jets fan:
He wrote the Jets when he was 11 and was put on a season-ticket waiting list. Eight years later, Weishaupt's number came up.
He moved to northern California in 2002 but promised everyone he wouldn't be a stranger during football season.
'I'm very close to my family,' he says. 'We've made Jets games an absolute ritual.'
He takes a 'red eye' flight Friday from the San Francisco area to Boston to meet a friend, then they drive 3½ hours to his parents' home in Kingston, N.Y., on Saturday.
After Sunday's game, he either flies out of JFK Airport in New York the next morning or drives back to Boston for his return flight. He's back in the office before 11 a.m. Monday thanks to the three-hour time swing.
Another long time Yahoo, Keith Nilsson has been bleeding purple for 9 years now. He oversees Yahoo's new market expansion M&A and strategy according to LinkedIn.
Keith reports directly to Carol Bartz and was recently tasked with leading/coordinating global operations. We think odds aren't good that he'd get a promotion if it means creating a new whole at Yahoo.