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Yahoo’s Ross Levinsohn Departs After Marissa Mayer Gets CEO Job

Yahoo! Inc.’s Ross Levinsohn, who was interim chief executive officer, is leaving today after the board passed him over for the top job and unexpectedly recruited Marissa Mayer, a former Google Inc. executive.

Levinsohn stepped into the position in May after former CEO Scott Thompson left amid questions about the accuracy of his resume. Levinsohn was a top contender before Mayer was hired to turn around the biggest U.S. Web portal, which has failed to keep pace with competitors Google and Facebook Inc. in user and advertising growth.