Ross Levinsohn

Yahoo’s new CEO: Google’s Marissa Mayer

Just two weeks ago, sources close to Yahoo’s search for a new CEO indicated that the ailing internet giant’s board of directors was set to put the company’s future in the hands of either interim CEO Ross Levinsohn or current Hulu CEO Jason Kilar.

Both prospective CEOs have strong media pedigrees, which suggesed that Yahoo’s board was prepared to guide the company down a familiar and not-always-successful ad and content-driven path.

Yahoo CEO resigns amid resume scandal

When Scott Thompson decided to leave his post as President of PayPal to join Yahoo as CEO, it reportedly came as a shock to eBay CEO John Donahoe.

And it was a surprising move according to some industry observers.

After all, Thompson was ditching Ebay’s fastest growing division to join a company that has been in decline.

It’s a decision Thompson may regret for a long time.