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Patrick Barry, the public face and force behind Yahoo’s (s YHOO) living room efforts, is leaving the company after five years, he told his team today in an email picked up by TechCrunch. Barry, who was Yahoo’s VP of Connected TV, had done his best to advocate the cause; there’s hardly a video industry conference without him on the speaker list. We’ve interviewed him multiple times and seen him land plenty of press elsewhere.
Barry’s Connected TV efforts reached their pinnacle through a partnership with Intel to bring widgets to the living room, a topic that has taken hold across the industry, but recently Intel seems to have made Adobe its new favorite son (s INTC) (s ADBE). Meanwhile, as always, Yahoo is in flux, and now Barry is moving on.
From: Patrick Barry
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 19:01:01 -0700
To: Connected Team
Cc: Tapan Bhat, XXX
Subject: Moving on
Connected TV Team,
After 5 great years here at Yahoo, it is time for me to move on to new projects and aspirations. I am tremendously proud of all we have accomplished together, from defining the world’s best user experience for interactive television, to shipping our technology platform on millions devices with some of the biggest brands in the industry. You have been an amazing team, and I will treasure the great times we have had working together to overcome challenges and make an impact for Yahoo. I remain a big believer in our vision for the future of television, and I would not be leaving now if I didn’t have faith in your ability to continue to achieve our goals and extend that vision.
Thank you for the hard work, passion and commitment over these several years. I will miss you all.
I will continue to be here through the end of the month to help make sure our plans and partnerships stay on track. Please join Tapan and I on Monday morning at 9:30 in Chutes so we can answer any questions you might have about my transition.
Updated to add: Yahoo’s statement on the matter:
After five years at Yahoo!, most recently leading the Connected TV team, Patrick Barry has resigned to pursue other opportunities. We wish Patrick the best of luck in his future endeavors. Arlo Rose and Ron Jacoby, members of the group’s executive leadership, will manage the team on an interim basis. We are conducting a search for a new head of Connected TV, which we hope to announce shortly. We remain committed to building upon the innovation and leadership the team has delivered in the connected TV category.