Yahoo fires its COO who was previously fired from Google

Henrique De Castro, Yahoo’s chief operating officer, is leaving the company on January 16,according to a regulatory filing. It had long been rumored that De Castro, whom CEO Marissa Mayer had brought on from Google, would be departing. De Castro had been hired to take the lead in the company’s advertising business, having been given credit by some for building Google’s display ad biz. 

Yahoo chief operating officer Henrique de Castro, the high-profile recruit CEO Marissa Mayer poached from Google shortly after she took the helm, will leave today after about a year on the job. Yahoo did not give a reason for his departure in a Wednesday filing, but in an unusually blunt memo to Yahoo staff, obtained by the Recode technology site, Mayer said she had fired him. “During my own reflection, I made the difficult decision that our COO, Henrique de Castro, should leave the company,” Mayer wrote in the memo. Yahoo declined to comment.

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