Web portal Yahoo, which plans to cut 12 percent of its global staff of 3,510 people, expects that "the work force reduction would take place within the next 30 days," according to a Yahoo Asia spokeswoman. It remains unclear whether this global retrenchment will affect Asia. "Currently, we have no further details on how (these cuts) will be applied to specific regions," said Yahoo Asia spokeswoman Pauline Wong. The company employs 300 people in Singapore, India, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, she added.
Yahoo said Wednesday that its senior vice president of international operations, Heather Killen, would leave the company; her last day will be June 15. Killen was made the interim head of Yahoo Asia after the departure of Savio Chow at the end of February. Wong said her replacement has not yet been named; Yahoo's existing global and U.S.-based executives will take over in the interim.
Staff writer Irene Tham reported from Singapore.