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Interview: Yahoo's Khemlani Explains His Move To Hearst As CEO's Top Digital Advisor

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imageAnother major change at the Yahoo Media Group: Yahoo News head Neeraj Khemlani is leaving Santa Monica for New York and the Hearst Corporation, where he will hold a new position as VP and digital media special assistant to CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr. The news was first reported at AllThingsD as Khemlani was breaking the news today to his staff, which has already gone through considerable transition in recent months and faces both a group and a corporate reorg. Khemlani was supposed to be a key part of the YMG reorg now underway and his departure likely leaves a big TBD in that slot instead.

I spoke with Khemlani soon after about his plans at Hearst and his reasons for leaving Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO). He said his timing and his decision had little to do with the reorg: “It wasn’t coordinated other than I wanted to make sure I didn