Verizon to Cut 2100 Jobs during Yahoo, AOL After Merger — Update

About 2,100 people will remove their jobs during Yahoo and AOL after Verizon Communications Inc. completes a partnership of Yahoo and combines a dual onetime internet rivals, a chairman informed with a matter said.


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The entrance layoffs, that impact roughly 15% of a roughly 14,000 people in a total workforce, will start uniformly opposite AOL and Yahoo to revoke duplication and streamline a organization, a chairman said. Employees in product and engineering roles will be a slightest affected, a chairman said.

Yahoo shareholders authorized a $4.5 billion transaction Thursday and it is approaching to tighten on Jun 13.

Chief Executive Marissa Mayer, who has led Yahoo for a past 5 years, is widely approaching to leave a association after a understanding closes though hasn’t reliable her plans. She done no remarks and took no questions during a special assembly hold in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, a Yahoo mouthpiece said.

Shareholders also authorized remuneration packages for Ms. Mayer and other executives tied to a deal. Ms. Mayer could reap some-more than $220 million in tie to a sale, adult from a $187 million estimated in Apr due a arise in Yahoo’s share price. Yahoo shares gained 10% to $55.71 on Thursday, following a 13% swell in shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in that Yahoo still owns a stake.

The Yahoo squeeze and a tentative layoffs will assistance move closure to a drawn-out understanding routine that has damped spirit during a internet pioneer, that ordered a marketplace value of some-more than $125 billion during a tallness of a dot-com bang in early 2000.

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Verizon primarily concluded in Jul 2016 to buy Yahoo’s core business for $4.83 billion. Then Yahoo disclosed dual vast confidence breaches, one in 2014 that strike some-more than 500 million accounts and another in 2013 that influenced some-more than one billion accounts. The confidence incidents forced Yahoo behind to a negotiating table, and a dual sides concluded to lop off $350 million from a price.

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong will lead a total association underneath Verizon’s new businesses unit, that is overseen by Verizon’s Marni Walden. The digital media operation will be famous as Oath, though a Yahoo and AOL brands won’t go away.

“Consistent with what we have pronounced given a understanding was announced, we will be aligning a tellurian classification to a strategy,” AOL wrote in a statement. “Oath’s plan is to lead a tellurian code space. With entrance to over one billion consumers on close, we will be positioned to expostulate one of a many critical platforms in a consumer code space.”

The transaction brings Yahoo’s core internet business and millions of users from Yahoo sites like Finance, Sports and News into Verizon’s expanding portfolio of online content. Verizon’s stream resources embody Huffington Post and TechCrunch, that it acquired in a AOL deal.

Late final year, New York-based AOL laid off several hundred workers to ready for a merger. Yahoo, that is formed in Sunnyvale, Calif., had 8,500 employees as of Dec. 31.

Mr. Armstrong chose his care organisation several weeks ago, and that organisation has helped establish where a layoffs will occur, a chairman said. News of a layoffs was progressing reported by record news site Recode.

Write to Ryan Knutson during ryan.knutson@wsj.com and Deepa Seetharaman during Deepa.Seetharaman@wsj.com

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June 08, 2017 17:14 ET (21:14 GMT)


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