When Jerry Yang announced two months ago that he was giving up the reins at Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), Carol Bartz wasn’t one of the names being tossed around as a likely replacement. The initial short list included former AOL-er and VC Jon Miller, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) exec Tim Armstrong and ex-eBay (NSDQ: EBAY) CEO Meg Whitman. Bartz’s name surfaced publicly for the first time only late last week in a report that said the board was “close” to making a choice. Almost as interesting as Yahoo’s somewhat left-field choice for a new head is the roster of candidates that publicly declined the gig — including News Corp.’s Peter Chernin and former Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) head Arun Sarin.
— Jan 9: Report: Yahoo