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The Sue Decker State of Mind

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A long profile of the newly promoted Yahoo president Susan Decker, in Sunday NYTimes. While the new CEO Jerry Yang is expected to be technological visionary and evangelist for the company, Decker is expected to do most of the day-to-day running of the company, the story says. Can she turn around Yahoo? The story details her qualities and skills that may help….and also quotes effusive praise from colleagues and other industry execs, including Warren Buffet.

But then, if “Ms. Decker manages to pull Yahoo from its current slump, she may be up for an even bigger job. She had long been rumored to be the heir apparent to Mr. Semel, and Mr. Yang’s appointment as chief executive surprised some people…But she’ll likely have to deliver results quickly, or Yahoo shareholders could become restless again, and turn Ms. Decker into the latest top executive to be shown the door.”