It's a done deal: Icahn on Yahoo board
Icahn gets his agreed-upon Yahoo board seat and a role picking his two allies. Will that discussion be as civil as Icahn and Yahoo's recent words for each other?
Now the fireworks and fractiousness can officially move inside Yahoo: activist investor Carl Icahn is part of the Internet company's board.
in July, but . In a regulatory filing Wednesday, Yahoo said Icahn is officially on the board, replacing Robert Kotick as planned.
One of Icahn's first roles on the board will be to help pick the two allies who will join him. The new appointments are set to be announced by August 15, increasing Yahoo's board from nine to eleven members.
Icahn owns about 5 percent of Yahoo's shares.
Yahoo's board is no place for a someone in search of a sinecure. The board met thirty times in the six months between Microsoft's announcement of its desire to acquire Yahoo and.
And there's plenty of pressure still to come. After that meeting, the board might have been breathing a sigh of relief when vote results showed. But a : 39.6 percent withheld votes to re-elect Chairman Roy Bostock and 33.7 percent withheld votes for Chief Executive Jerry Yang.
Those numbers could help bring some weight to whatever reforms Icahn has to suggest. The interpersonal dynamics of the board are sure to change, but it's not yet clear how. For the time being, though, both Icahn and Yahoo are presenting an image of collegiality and civility.
Despite Icahn's earlier request that Yang step down,, and at the board meeting, Bostock said the board looks forward to Icahn's arrival. "Carl is a good guy, despite some of the things written about him. He'll be a very productive member," Bostock said.
, last week called Yang and Bostock "gentlemen" and said he hoped working together "will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship."