Jan Pedersen will be VP and chief scientist for artificial intelligence.
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James Kavanaugh, who most recently served as IBM's SVP of finance and operations, will become its finance chief.
Pichai joins Alphabet's board as its thirteenth member, giving its Google unit another voice.
Yahoo's chief believes there will be a successful turnaround of the company over the next three years.
It could be one month until we hear any formal pricing and some big tech names are among the interested.