Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. Today, Carol Bartz raises the bar at Yahoo!
What Made Her Haute: She’s been serving as the CEO and director of Yahoo! since 2006. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Yahoo! is one of the most enduring brands to come out of Silicon Valley.
What Makes Her Haute Now: Bartz is focused on small acquisitions and opportunities for Yahoo! to open up to new demographics. Aside from its search engine platform, Yahoo! also offers an e-mail feature and personal ads. Bartz understands technological shifts, saying that users want to go beyond mere text on a screen. Her approach of exploring different avenues with the company certainly seems to be working; the company’s net income for the second quarter increased within the past year, rising 51 percent to $213 million.