Prior to a Churchill Club event, I chatted with Kara Swisher about who she believes will succeed the deposed Jerry Yang as Yahoo CEO. From her BoomTown perch at All Things Digital Kara has been all over the story. She thinks that News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin could be the man. Chernin has spent the last 12 years by the side of Rupert Murdoch and may be leaving his embrace. Kara also evaluates a number of other possible candidates in the video below and in this blog post.
Whoever takes the job will have to be capable of spiritually healing a wounded company. Too many talented people have left the tent, and he or she will need to attract and bring in first class replacements. Om Malik phrases what Yahoo needs in a CEO simply: "Look outside for someone with spark." Add to that criteria the ability to be decisive in short order and keep the Yahoo board from further compromising the future of company. Jerry Yang may be a co-founder and now former-CEO, but the board, which has been recently reconstituted with some fresh blood, has been pulling his strings.