A look at Yahoo's current board and Icahn's slate
By The Associated Press
A look at Yahoo Inc.'s current board of directors and the opposing slate of candidates nominated by investor Carl Icahn in hopes of forcing Yahoo to renew sales negotiations with Microsoft Corp.:
- Roy Bostock: A board member since May 2003, the former advertising executive was named chairman on Jan. 31, a few hours before Microsoft made its unsolicited takeover bid. He also is chairman of Northwest Airlines Corp., which last month agreed to be acquired by Delta Air Lines Inc. in a deal initially valued at $3.6 billion.
- Jerry Yang: After starting Yahoo in 1994 with David Filo, Yang has remained actively involved in the company as "Chief Yahoo." Facing pressure from shareholders unhappy with the company's performance, Yang replaced Terry Semel as CEO last June. He still owns a 3.9 percent stake in the company.
- Eric Hippeau: A board member since 1996, Hippeau is a general partner with Softbank Capital Partners - one of Yahoo's early financial backers.
- Arthur Kern: Also on the board since 1996, Kern founded a group of radio stations that are now part of Clear Channel Communications Inc.
- Edward Kozel: A former venture capitalist and former chief technology officer Cisco Systems Inc, Kozel has been on the Yahoo board since 2000.
- Ron Burkle: A board member since 2001, Burkle is best known for running supermarkets through his investment firm, The Yucaipa Cos.
- Vyomesh Joshi: An executive vice president for Hewlett-Packard Co., Joshi oversees HP's highly profitable computer printing operations. He has been a Yahoo board member since 2005.
- Robert Kotick: A board member since 2003, Kotick is CEO of video game maker Activision Inc., whose titles include "Guitar Hero."
- Gary Wilson: A former chairman of Northwest Airlines Corp., Wilson has been on the Yahoo board since 2001.
- Maggie Wilderotter: A board member for the past 10 months, Wilderotter is CEO of telecommunications provider Citizen Communications Inc. She once was a senior vice president at Microsoft.
- Carl Icahn: He's an influential investor and billionaire who buys large stakes in companies that he contends aren't acting in shareholders' best interests. He often threatens attempts to remove corporate boards unless they agree take dramatic measures, such as selling the companies they oversee.
- Mark Cuban: Best known as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association, which he bought after selling Broadcast.com to Yahoo in 1999 for $8.1 billion in stock.
- Adam Dell: He is a venture capitalist and the brother of Michael Dell, the founder of computer maker Dell Inc. His past investments include a stake in HotJobs, an employee recruitment service that Yahoo bought for $439 million in 2002.
- Frank Biondi Jr.: The former CEO of Viacom Inc. now serves on the boards of Amgen Inc., Cablevision Systems Corp., Hasbro Inc., The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. and Seagate Technology.
- Lucian Bebchuk: He is a professor at Harvard Law School where he is also the director of the Program on Corporate Governance.
- John Chapple: His investment firm focuses on telecommunications. He is former CEO of Nextel Partners, which was sold to Sprint Communications in 2006.
- Keith Meister: He is one of Icahn's business associates, currently serving as Icahn Enterprises' vice chairman. He was named to Motorola Inc.'s board last month as part of that company's agreement to avoid a proxy battle with Icahn.
- Edward Meyer: The former CEO of the advertising agency Grey Global Group Inc, Meyer was reportedly lined up by Microsoft to be one of its director candidates when the software maker was mulling a hostile takeover attempt of Yahoo.
- Brian Posner: He is a former CEO of the asset management firm, ClearBridge Advisors LLC.
- Robert Shaye - He founded the movie studio New Line Cinema, and remains the company's co-CEO.
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