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Susan Decker

Susan Decker at Yahoo! all hands meeting, April 2008
Born June 28, 1963(1963-06-28)
Nationality American
Occupation President, Yahoo! Inc.

Susan (Sue) Lynne Decker (born 1963) served as president of Yahoo! Inc in 2007 and 2008. She announced her intention to resign from the company on January 13, 2009, following the appointment of Carol Bartz as CEO, a position which Decker had sought.

Decker was chief financial officer of Yahoo from 2000 to 2007. During her tenure as CFO, she also held two other positions at the company; from 2002 to 2007 she served as executive vice president of finance and administration, and from 2006 to 2007 she served as executive vice president of the advertiser and publisher Group. Her success in these roles put her in a favorable position for consideration as CEO.[1] But Decker soon ran into problems after her promotion to president, failing to successfully complete a number of initiatives at Yahoo!. She was also unable to assuage shareholder concerns as Yahoo!'s share price fell through 2007 and 2008.[1]

Before joining Yahoo! in 2000, Decker spent 14 years with the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, initially as an analyst and subsequently from 1998 to 2000 as Director of Global Research.[1]

Decker is currently on the boards of directors of Berkshire Hathaway, Intel and Costco, and has previously served on the boards of Pixar and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.[2]

In 2005 she was the second-highest paid female executive in the United States, with total compensation of US$24.3 million (behind Safra Catz of Oracle at US$26.1 million).[3]

Decker has a Bachelor of Science in computer science and economics from Tufts University, and an Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.[2] She is married with three children and lives in Marin county. As of 2009, she and her husband were in divorce proceedings.[4]




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