Fired Yahoo CEO backs down, resigns from board

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Fired Yahoo CEO backs down, resigns from board
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  • Carol Bartz has resigned from the Yahoo board of directors that she blasted for firing her as the company's CEO last week.
Carol Bartz has resigned from the Yahoo board of directors that she blasted for firing her as the company's CEO last week.

The resignation reversed a defiant stance that Bartz took in a fiery interview published on Fortune magazine's website on Sept. 8. Bartz said, at the time, that she intended to retain her seat on Yahoo's board even though she considered her fellow directors to be "doofuses."

Bartz, who is 63, resigned from the board Sept. 9, according to an email from board spokesman Charles Sipkins. Yahoo Inc. had previously said that Bartz was obligated to resign after her ouster as CEO.

Yahoo, which is based in Sunnyvale, Calif., has nine members left on its board.

An investment hedge fund that owns a 5.2 percent stake in Yahoo is asking Chairman Roy Bostock and three other directors to resign too. The fund, called Third Point, contends the board needs to be held accountable for hiring Bartz in January 2009 and other decisions that have contributed to a steep drop in Yahoo's stock price in the last five years.

Bartz's resignation from the board could clear the way for her and the company to agree on the terms of her severance package. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week, Yahoo acknowledged Bartz qualifies for severance without providing further details.

At the end of last year, Bartz was eligible for a severance package worth about $10.4 million in cash and stock incentives, according to calculations that Yahoo listed in a shareholder proxy statement issued in April. Stock awards that Bartz received this year could drive up the value of her severance package.
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