Yahoo's Q4 sales light as new CEO takes helm

Summary:New Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson said 2012 will be about "aligning resources behind key areas of focus to enable us".

Yahoo's fourth quarter sales were light, but earnings were on target in Scott Thompson's debut as CEO.

Thompson had little to do with the quarter given he was just hired, but he'll be on the hook for future results. On a conference call, Thompson outlined his view on Yahoo. He said:

Our users really need to see the value in stopping by Yahoo to consume content and use our services more frequently and advertisers need to know that we see our success as being defined by their success. We have to find the customer balance in our decision making and our prioritization and in our execution. That's my first point about balance with our customers. Second, is balance in who we're. Yahoo is fundamentally both a media company and a technology company. We need to be great at both. Our media leadership is imperative and we have alone continue to develop best in class product, engineering and technology expertise. So, we end the debate about which is more important. We are both a media company and a tech company. We must do both. End of the discussion.

The company reported earnings of US$296 million, or 24 cents a share, on revenue of US$1.17 billion, down 3 percent from a year ago. The revenue total excludes traffic acquisition costs.

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Topics: CXO, Enterprise Software, Tech & Work


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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