Yahoo Says Goodbye to Ross Levinsohn

Yahoo LogoYahoo has confirmed Ross Levinsohn is leaving the company, two weeks after he lost out on the CEO position to former Google executive Marissa Mayer.

Levinsohn joined Yahoo in October 2010 and was head of the company’s global media division. He became Yahoo’s interim CEO in May, after it was revealed that Scott Thompson had lied on his resume.

Levinsohn’s time at Yahoo ended yesterday. He will receive the severance payments outlined in his 2010 offer letter. He will also receive an equity award of 67,000 redistricted stock units and 250,000 stock options worth over $5 million.

“Ross has done a terrific job during his time at Yahoo. We wish him all the best,” the firm said in a statement.

Before joining Yahoo as Levinsohn was a managing director for investment firm Fuse Capital. Prior to the role he worked as a president of Fox Interactive Media at News Corp.

His departure comes just weeks after Yahoo appointed Mayer, who is expected to do more on improving its current product set, rather than continue with the media strategy that Levinsohn favored.

Mayer became Yahoo’s CEO July 17. Under the terms of her employment Mayer will make a base salary of $1 million with incentives which could bring an additional $4 million annually should the Yahoo meet certain performance benchmarks.

Other incentives will include a series of annual equity awards which will add up to $12 million and another series of restricted stock units worth $14 million and a one-time stock package worth $30 million as a ‘retention equity award.’

This article was originally published on V3.

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