The Bartz cleanup at Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) continues: Jeff Dossett, the audience head at Yahoo (responsible for all the content sites including the powerful triumvirate of News, Sports and Finance) is leaving the company, eight months after his appointment, by Kara reports. He is leaving for personal reasons and will likely land at a startup, the story says. His responsibilities will be shared by Jimmy Pitaro, who runs Vertical Audience Experiences for Yahoo and Tim Mayer, who is in charge of Search & Social Applications, and both report up to EVP Hilary Schneider.
Dossett arrived at Yahoo in November last year, from Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), where he was the executive producer and general manager for the MSN Media Network. He came to Yahoo to take over Scott Moore’s job, who moved back to MSN, to take up Dossett’s job there. He managed to do make one media reorg in those eight months, but looks like he reorg-ed himself out in the process.
Just yesterday, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, speaking at the D conference, described the Dilbert-like Yahoo org structure when she arrived there early this year, and has been cleaning up the reporting lines up to her. In her interview yesterday, she gave a specific example of how the Yahoo homepage team would have a tough time working with the Yahoo Finance team, and her efforts to make them work together more smoothly. Dossett departure indicates her work on breaking down those content silos.