One Ross Levinsohn loyalist not likely to depart Yahoo anytime soon? Chief Revenue Officer Michael Barrett.
Barrett Likely to Stay at Yahoo Despite Levinsohn Exit
Multiple people inside the company tell Ad Age that Mr. Barrett is likely to stay at Yahoo and that CEO Marissa Mayer has signaled that she's open to keeping him onboard as chief revenue officer, though no official announcement has been made internally or externally.
Whether both sides would want to make it work has been a topic of speculation inside and outside the company over the last few weeks following the departure of Mr. Levinsohn, who poached Mr. Barrett from Google in June during Mr. Levinsohn's brief stint as interim CEO.
Mr. Barrett joined Google in the acquisition of AdMeld, the publisher-focused ad-tech startup that Mr. Barrett ran as CEO. Mr. Barrett previously worked at Fox Interactive with Mr. Levinsohn.
Earlier today, Yahoo said in a statement that Mr. Barrett would be leading the North American sales staff on an interim basis following news that Wayne Powers, Yahoo's senior-VP of North American ad sales, was leaving to become president and group publisher at Parade Publications. It's not clear who will succeed Mr. Powers on a permanent basis -- it's possible Mr. Barrett takes on his duties permanently -- or what the sales structure under Ms. Mayer will eventually look like.
A Yahoo spokeswoman declined to comment beyond today's statement.