Yahoo No 2 executive shown the door by Marissa Mayer

Written by New York Times | San Francisco | Updated: Jan 17 2014, 15:46pm hrs
Yahoo COO, Yahoo COO quits, Henrique De CastroHenrique De Castro delivers a speech during the Cannes Lions 2010 International Advertising Festival in Cannes. Reuters
Yahoos No. 2 executive, Henrique de Castro, has been fired by his boss, Marissa Mayer, a little more than a year after she wooed him away from Google to help her turn around the struggling internet company. Yahoo announced de Castros departure in a terse, two-sentence document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission after the stock market closed on Wednesday.

There was none of the usual corporate boilerplate that typically sugarcoats such departures no praise for his service from Yahoos chief executive, Mayer, no mention of a sudden interest that de Castro had taken in spending more time with his family. A Yahoo spokeswoman said the company had no further comment on the matter.

But Mayer, who left Google to become Yahoos chief executive in mid-2012, was clearly displeased with de Castros performance. In a memo announcing the leadership reorganisation to Yahoos staff, she wrote, I made the difficult decision that our COO, Henrique de Castro, should leave the company. I appreciate Henriques contributions and wish him the best in his future endeavours.

Overall, Im confident that the leadership team, our direction, and these changes will enable even more successful execution, she wrote near the end of the memo.