Yahoo's new CEO has implemented a management restructure, in order to ensure the company can "make speedier decisions and focus better on customers."
The restructuring looks positive and could solve a problem that critics said slowed down progress at Yahoo, one analyst said. "Yahoo was notorious for being very Byzantine," said Karsten Weide, an analyst at IDC.
"They were more busy with the internal structure than with the outside world and that was a big problem. It made the decision process very slow."
Indeed, chief executive Carol Bartz said the changes make the structure simpler and will let Yahoo make speedier decisions and focus better on customers.
The changes include combining the Tech and Product groups into a new group lead by Ari Balogh, who will be executive vice president and CTO. He'll report directly to Bartz and will be responsible for overseeing the vision, strategy and quality of all Yahoo products.
Previously, Yahoo had "a million different product groups, each responsible for one part of a product. ... That opened the door to political shenanigans, friction that slowed things down," Weide said.
He expects that creating one product group will offer Yahoo a single more streamlined way to deliver products to customers.
The company will also be divided into two regions. North America will be led by Hilary Schneider and an international head will be hired soon. They'll also report directly to Bartz.
In the past, Yahoo had a US group and four international regions, Weide said. The new setup should reduce some splintering and help Yahoo to focus on international markets, where most of its future growth is likely to come, he said.
He also thinks that creating the two groups is a sign that Yahoo is less likely to sell off international assets. "They may still sell off some minor stuff but the major message here, and Bartz has said it before, is they aren't going to sell this stuff just to make some money," he said. "Her message seems to be to make this viable in the long run."
Other changes include the appointment of David Ko, who will report to Schneider and head the mobile business, strategy and monetization teams. In addition, all product teams will be responsible for mobilizing their products.
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