Yahoo president Susan Decker has announced that she will step down from her post as soon as a replacement can be found.
"The board thanks Sue for her service as president, the important contributions she has made to Yahoo's development in a variety of roles over the past eight and a half years, and her willingness to work with Carol Bartz to ensure a smooth transition," said Yahoo president Ray Bostock.
"We respect her decision to move on to other challenges, and wish her only the best."
Decker's resignation comes shortly after the appointment of former Autodesk chief Carol Bartz as chief executive at Yahoo.
Decker served under Terry Semel and Jerry Yang during her time at Yahoo, in which the company fell from grace as a major web portal and then attempted to remake itself around its search business.
She was thought to be a leading candidate for the chief executive position, but some pundits have suggested that her loyalty to Yang, and his largely unpopular decision to fend off Microsoft's acquisition offers, may have cost her the job.
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