According to numerous sources, Yahoo has been seriously courting former Microsoft exec Blake Irving to take over as one of its key execs, running its product organization and essentially becoming the Internet "visionary" many think the company lacks.
While it is unclear if Irving has agreed to take the job, sources said Yahoo management was keen on him working there.
A Yahoo spokeswoman declined to comment when BoomTown asked about its discussions with Irving about the job.
I also reached out to Irving, but he has not responded.
It's unclear what the move means for current CTO and Chief Product Officer Ari Balogh. But sources said Balogh has been involved in the search, and was planning on taking some time off from Yahoo soon for personal reasons. (CNET editors' note: Later on Thursday, Balogh confirmed that he is leaving Yahoo because of "personal priorities.")
Irving, who was well liked at Microsoft, could certainly fill Balogh's shoes, having run major businesses there for many years in a variety of executive jobs.
He left Microsoft in 2007, as its corporate VP for the Windows Live Platform Group, after being there for 15 years to spend some time with his family in California. Irving had always commuted to Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., headquarters. … Read more