Yahoo Pulls Another Google Sales Exec Into C-Suite

Henrique de Castro hired as COO

It was inevitable. When Yahoo named high-profile Google executive Marissa Mayer as its CEO in July, it was only a matter of time before she began poaching talent from her former employer.

That siphoning started less than a month later and continued on Monday, Mayer’s first day back in the office after giving birth two weeks ago. Yahoo has hired Henrique de Castro as the company’s chief operating officer.

When de Castro starts his new gig (on or before January 22, 2013, or as soon as he has satisfied his obligations to his current employer, per a Yahoo statement) he will oversee sales, operations, media and business development. De Castro has worked at Google since July 2006, most recently serving as vp of partner business solutions worldwide. Before heading the company’s ad platforms and publisher/commerce services, he ran Google’s media, mobile and platforms business.

De Castro’s “operational experience in Internet advertising and his proven success in structuring and scaling global organizations make him the perfect fit for Yahoo as we propel the business to its next phase of growth,” said Mayer in a company statement.

The hire gives Mayer two former Google sales execs in the c-suite. Chief revenue officer Michael Barrett, who joined Google in January after it acquired supply-side platform Admeld, spent less than six months at the search giant before joining Yahoo this summer.

All Things D reported earlier on Monday that Mayer had been pitching de Castro to come on board.