Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) Chief Technologist Sam Pullara is leaving the company, capping off a week of high-profile departures. At Yahoo, Pullara was “responsible for ensuring that products we develop are competitive and provide compelling customer experiences by driving a dialogue between internal product groups, research and business leaders,” according to his LinkedIn profile; he also represented Yahoo on the board of the OpenSocial Foundation and had helped launch its ‘open application platform’ — which lets third-party developers build apps for Yahoo properties. Pullara is taking a job as an entrepreneur in residence at Benchmark Capital.
A year ago, during the months just before and after Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz took over, a very long list of Yahoo executives left (some by choice, others not), but recently the defections at the company appeared to have slowed down. This week, however, has seen the departure of EVP of product architecture and strategy Ash Patel, as well as sales chief Joanne Bradford.