Yahoo’s CEO search is down to two names, reports AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher: interim CEO Ross Levinsohn and Hulu CEO Jason Kilar.Levinsohn remains the front runner but he hasn’t clinched the job yet.
Kilar’s name has long been mentioned as a Yahoo CEO candidate—even before the disastrous hire-and-fire saga of former PayPal chief Scott Thompson. The former Amazon.com executive is admired for his product skills.
He famously pushed through a user-friendly design for Hulu, the online-video joint venture of Disney, News Corp., and NBCUniversal.
But what’s wrong with Levinsohn? The News Corp. veteran ran sales for Yahoo before getting tapped to replace Thompson on an interim basis. He’s already put a turnaround plan in place.And while he’s built his reputation as a sales guy, we’ve heard he’s not given enough credit for his product and strategy skills.
Swisher reports that Yahoo’s board is nervous about making another hasty move after the Thompson debacle, where the company filed SEC documents that misstated Thompson’s academic credentials and Thompson mishandled the resulting mess.
That’s exactly the kind of slow, deliberative, cover-your-rear decision making that has crippled Yahoo for years.
Yahoo and Hulu spokespeople did not immediately respond to our requests for comment; we’ll update if we hear anything.