Report: Former Yahoo exec to be Microsoft online chief

Qi Lu, a former Yahoo search executive, is expected to be named head or co-head of Microsoft's online efforts, according to All Things D.

Microsoft's efforts to acquire one Yahoo employee at a time appear to be working.

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As has been rumored for a while now, former Yahoo search executive Qi Lu is expected to be named head of Microsoft's online efforts, according to a report on All Things D.

All Things D's Kara Swisher says the announcement could come as early as Monday, though some details remain to be worked out, such as whether Lu, whose experience is largely on the technical side, would be paired with one of Microsoft's business executives.

Former Aquantive CEO Brian McAndrews was considered a leading internal candidate for the job.

Lu's hiring would follow that of fellow Yahoo search executive Sean Suchter. Suchter was named general manager of Microsoft's Yahoo refugee camp, or, as Microsoft calls it, the Silicon Valley Search Technology Center.

Yahoo announced Lu's departure in June, along with that of several other executives.

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