Ari Balogh, Yahoo’s CTO and EVP of products, is leaving the company for “personal reasons.” Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) says it will appoint Balogh’s successor “in the coming weeks” and is already eyeing former Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) online ad executive Blake Irving to replace him, according to a report by AllThingsD‘s Kara Swisher.
Balogh had joined Yahoo from Verisign nearly two years ago and had been expected by some to leave soon after Carol Bartz took over as CEO last spring. But Balogh stayed on and says in a statement that he’s only leaving now becuase he has a “situation with my own family that is difficult and has driven me to make some changes in my life.”
Still, the departure comes as Bartz has lost several key members of her executive team recently, including sales chief Joanne Bradford last month; Yahoo has said it is “actively searching” for Bradford’s replacement too.
March also saw the departure of chief technologist Sam Pullara, as well as EVP for product architecture and strategy Ash Patel. In an interview with Swisher, Balogh says “it’s probably bad timing, since we are in the midst of recharging Yahoo … but this had to do with personal priorities.”