Yahoo taps Netflix exec Mike Kail for CIO

Kail most recently was the VP of IT operations for Netflix, but will now lead IT and datacenter operations for Yahoo.

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Yahoo has named a new chief information officer to lead its IT and datacenter operations.

Mike Kail, formerly the VP of IT operations for Netflix, is now Yahoo's CIO and SVP of infrastructure, reporting directly to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

The search for Yahoo's next CIO was intensive, Mayer said. The position has been empty since David Dibble, who oversaw global technology infrastructure at Yahoo, left his position in July 2013.

But it seems as though Mayer is confident that Kail can bring the necessary amount of technical infrastructure expertise to the critical CIO position.

"Technical infrastructure has always played an important role in Yahoo's ability to deliver the best possible user experiences. Mike has the perfect combination of experience and vision to lead our IT and infrastructure to even greater global reach and scale," Mayer said in prepared remarks.

Kail's experience spans more than 23 years, according to Yahoo's announcement. Prior to his role at Netflix, Kail was VP of IT operations at the CRM software company Attensity, where he managed its data systems and Hadoop clusters.

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