Yahoo! poaches new CIO from Netflix

7 Aug 2014

Yahoo! HQ in Sunnyvale, California

Mike Kail, a former Netflix executive, has been appointed chief information officer (CIO) and senior vice-president of infrastructure at Yahoo!.

Kail will lead the tech company’s IT and data centre operations, reporting directly to CEO Marissa Mayer. His predecessor, David Dibble, left in July 2013 and what followed, according to Mayer, was “an intensive search for the right leader”.

One year on, Kail has been selected for having “the perfect combination of experience and vision to lead our IT and infrastructure to even greater global reach and scale,” said Mayer.

Kail has more than 23 years of experience in IT operations, focusing on highly scalable architectures. His most recent role prior to this appointment was at video-streaming site Netflix, where he was vice-president of IT operations.

Previous to this, he held the same role at social analytics provider Attensity, where he was responsible for the Americas data centre operations team, including managing various big-data systems.

“I’m looking forward to leading Yahoo!’s world-class infrastructure teams, which will continue to provide the web scale architecture that enables the many outstanding products of the company,” said Kail following his appointment.

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