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Hiring your competition: Do they deliver?

Kartik Sharma | July 24, 2012
For years now, Marissa Mayer, the newly appointed Yahoo CEO was one of the most visible and well-known Google executives.

Nevertheless, has Whitman proved her worth as a CEO yet? Unfortunately, she did not receive a beautiful legacy as CEO. A confused organization facing conflicting decisions and roadmaps charted out by previous CEOs are among the major challenges that Whitman is facing.

Former CEO Leo Apothekar was sending a message to the world when it looked as though the profitable printing and imaging division would be chopped off as HP moved more into software with the purchase of Autonomy. Whitman did an about-turn on Apothekar's game plan.

She merged IPG and PSG, reaffirmed the company's commitment to its PC business, and promised that HP's newly created Printers and Personal Systems (PPS) division will get "more than its fair share" of R&D investment in the coming years.

Whitman decided to eliminate 27,000 jobs -- about 8 percent of HP's workforce -- on the grounds that the company is sinking under its own weight and simply cannot continue at the same size. Although HP is on the verge of losing its top position in the PC market, Whitman is making all her efforts to inspire confidence and trust in the company's long-term future.

It seems one will have to wait little more to judge Whitman's work as HP CEO.

Marissa Mayer: 13 Years at Google; Hired by Yahoo

Yahoo chose Google's Marissa Mayer as its new CEO. Thirty seven-year old Mayer was Google's 20th employee and during her 13 years with the company, she was one of the most important executives at Google. Mayer had been in charge of many Google campaigns that have beleaguered Yahoo.

She is still widely considered to be among the Internet industry's brightest executives, and Yahoo is hoping that she will come up with an effective strategy to compete with Google.

Scott Thompson: 7 Years at PayPal; Hired by Yahoo

Mayer takes over from interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, who recently replaced Scott Thompson. Prior to Yahoo, Thompson had a great time as President at the global e-commerce business company, PayPal. During his 7-year tenure at PayPal till 2012, the company's business grew significantly, which drew Yahoo towards him.

However, Thompson's charisma was not the same in Yahoo. Soon after joining Yahoo, he decided to lay off 2,000 employees, as he wanted to sweep out jobs that do not fit into his plans. This move created more controversies for the already troubled Yahoo. Ultimately, Thompson quit the company amid the controversy of fake computer science degree.

While it is too early to see the effects of Mayer's appointment, Thompson's hiring was a bitter experience for Yahoo.


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