Yahoo Says Head of U.S. Sales Kevin Gentzel Is Leaving Company

A jogger runs outside of Yahoo! Inc. headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, July 18, 2006. Yahoo, owner of the most-visited U.S. Internet site, today may say second-quarter sales rose as the company's Web pages drew more users and advertisers. Photographer: Kimberly White/Bloomberg News

Yahoo! Inc.’s head of advertising sales for North America is leaving the company after less than a year at his post as the Web portal tries to drive revenue growth.

Kevin Gentzel, who joined Yahoo last year, was a vice president, the Sunnyvale, California-based company said in an e-mail. He had formerly worked at the Washington Post.

Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is trying to drive a turnaround at the company, which has struggled to add users to woo advertisers. Last month, Yahoo said Senior Vice President Mike Kerns is planning to leave amid a management shakeup to focus more attention on emerging businesses.

Gentzel’s departure was reported earlier by Digiday.

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