Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gets all the attention, but activist investors who want Yahoo to change course directed their recent plea not just to the controversial Mayer, but to Yahoo chairman Maynard Webb. For being chairman of a giant public Internet company like Yahoo, Webb maintains a fairly low public profile outside Silicon Valley — at least compared with his technology counterparts like Google/Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt. (Schmidt has 1.2M followers on Twitter; Webb has 3,580.)
Who is Maynard Webb? Webb is a Silicon Valley giant who, working as COO of eBay from 1999 to 2006, helped grow the company to $4.5 billion in revenue from $140 million. Before that he was the CIO of Gateway Computers. A management guru and change agent who wrote the book Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship, Webb not only chairs the board at Yahoo, but sits on the boards of VISA and Salesforce.com. Webb also runs his own investment company, Webb Investment Network, that seeks to bring to entrepreneurs not just funds but a wide range of expertise from members of Webb’s wide professional network.