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Yahoo! general counsel resigns after 13 years

4th July 2012

Yahoo! is looking to appoint a new general counsel after the internet giant’s legal chief Mike Callahan stepped down following 13 years of service with the company, almost ten of which were as legal chief.

The lawyer’s departure was largely unexpected amongst those holding solicitor jobs in the organisation, with Callahan apparently stating in his letter of resignation that he was departing to take on new challenges; according to sources in US recruitment, he will probably not be returning to his previous practice or joining any other firm.

The deputy general counsel for products and the Americas, Ron Bell, will temporarily be taking on Callahan’s role whilst the search for a permanent replacement is ongoing, after what has been a difficult period for Yahoo!’s legal division.

Recently, former CEO Scott Thompson recommended the enforced redundancy of 2,000 employees – amounting to nearly 15 per cent of the group’s total staff – which was quickly followed by his own dismissal after the discovery that he had lied about having completed a computer science degree.