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GoDaddy names former Yahoo executive Blake Irving as chief executive

11 Dec 2012

Blake Irving has been named as the chief executive officer of website hosting company GoDaddy.

Irving formerly served as the chief product officer at Yahoo and as an executive at Microsoft. He replaces GoDaddy interim chief executive Scott Wagner.

"I'm honoured for the opportunity to lead such a talented team and to be a part of such an innovative company," said Irving.

"GoDaddy is and will continue to be the hub where businesses can come to life, grow and prosper. We strive to be the global resource that fuels success for countless entrepreneurs and innovators around the world."

Irving comes to GoDaddy after being let go from Yahoo last April. The former chief product officer left the firm following widespread layoffs at the company.

He joined Yahoo during Carol Bartz's tenure as company chief executive. When Bartz was let go by Yahoo, Irving served under Scott Thompson for a little over six months.

Prior to his work at Yahoo, Irving worked at Microsoft, spending 15 years at the company, and working within the Windows Live Platform group.

Irving will start work at GoDaddy on 7 January. GoDaddy had been without a permit chief executive officer for much of the year. Warren Adelman stepped down from the position last July.

Scott Wagner had been serving as the company's lead executive in his absence.

GoDaddy made headlines this year when sites hosted by the firm went down last September. Originally, hackers claimed to be behind the blackout. GoDaddy has since denied any hacking attempts.

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James Dohnert

James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club,, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

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