Yahoo has announced the promotion of chief architect Raymie Stata to the post of chief technology officer.
Stata was hired in 2004 to work on Yahoo's internal organisation after the company bought his research firm.
Before that, Stata spent time working on the AltaVista search engine at the DEC Systems Research Center, and was an assistant professor of computer science at the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz.
"As chief architect, Raymie led transformative efforts to rewire Yahoo, moving from a set of vertical silos to a horizontal platform infrastructure," said the company in a blog post.
"As this strong foundation is laid, we are ready to leverage the world's most diverse collection of content to create innovative, more personalised consumer and advertiser experiences around the globe."
Stata will report to chief product officer Blake Irving, and will work with chief scientist Prabhakar Raghavan.
"At Yahoo there is an unfortunate culture of an unwillingness to confront hard problems, and an unwillingness to say 'no' even when the situation clearly calls for it, and Raymie was a refreshing presence in any product design process," one former Yahoo engineer wrote on Stata's LinkedIn profile.
"He almost always has an anecdote to spice up even the most dry technical situations. I would love to work with Raymie again."
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