In her first quarter earnings call last night, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer revealed her progress in acquiring and retaining talent —the first phase in what she called a “series of sprints” to improve the company’s performance.
Over the last quarter, Mayer said she implemented more than 567 employee–focused initiatives, notably a new program for employees to test and try to improve the latest products.
“As a result of these initiatives, the data is undeniable,” Mayer said. “Today, more people are trying to work at Yahoo! and more employees are staying.”
She noted that the number of resumes Yahoo received in the first quarter more than tripled over the course of the quarter and doubled year over year.
Mayer tapped Bob Stohrer to be the new senior vice president of brand creative. Previously, he had worked at Clear Channel, Sprint, Virgin Mobile, and [the Anatel] [ph].
Of all the new employees that Mayer hired, 14 percent were previous employees. Others came through talent-based acquisitions including mobile app developers Jybe and Alike.
Some team members were promoted from within: Scott Burke was promoted to lead Advertising Technology and Laurie Mann was promoted to lead the Search business. Meanwhile, the attrition rate, or churn rate, “is essentially half of what it was just a year ago,” Mayer said.
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