The struggling Web portal’s boss is shelling out a “multimillion-dollar” retention package to human resources boss Sandy Gould, who will stay after a report suggested he was set to leave, sources said.
Mayer is relocating Gould and his husband to Yahoo’s New York offices, where Gould will supervise “culture and communication,” a source said.
There was “no sense in the NYC move other than Sandy and [his] spouse wanted to live there,” an insider says. Mayer “found out that he was going to work for someone she resents, and it literally drove her insane, so she made this crazy deal to keep him.”
It couldn’t immediately be learned who was trying to hire Gould. A Yahoo rep confirmed he’s staying.
Back at Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., Gould’s HR duties are being taken over by John Matheny, a senior exec who has worked at Yahoo since 2010.
Matheny is “an internal engineer who [Mayer] never knew how to utilize,” according to a source. “A very nice guy.”
Meanwhile, Mayer and husband Zachary Bogue were on the guest list for Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour’s fashion event of the year, the Met Gala.
This weekend, Mayer was also spotted at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner, which feted President Obama.
Sources say Yahoo instructed staff members not to post photos of themselves on social media to avoid any bad optics. Still, sources identified executives Ken Goldman and Adam Cahan