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Carol Bartz doesn't hold back in punches when it comes to her removal from the CEO post at Yahoo

Carol Bartz was never been one to mince her words. She famously told Michael Arrington to "f**k off" last year (on stage during an interview) at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York City. Today, she let loose in a phone interview with Fortune Magazine following her departure Yahoo.

"These people f***ed me over," Bartz told Fortune's Patricia Sellers. Bartz upped the ante by going directly after Roy Bostock, Yahoo Board Chairman. She explained that on a scheduled phone call on Tuesday evening, Bostock started out with lawyer-speak. 

Bartz fired back at Bostock, interrupting, "Roy, I think that's a script. Why don't you have the balls to tell me yourself?" After Bostock finished his prepared statement, Bartz threw in a rather ironic jab of her own to end the conversation; "I thought you were classier?"

Bartz succeeded Jerry Yang as CEO of Yahoo on January 13, 2009. Yahoo was already in trouble when Bartz took over, but didn’t do much to improve its situation during her tenure.

After Bostock's phone call, Bartz sent an email out to Yahoo employees via her iPad to announce her departure.

Since that time, it's been revealed that Bartz will get a $3 million USD lump, plus a pro-rated bonus of $1 million USD to $2 million USD courtesy of her severance package. She stands to rack up even more courtesy of her stock options.

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By Chapbass on 9/8/2011 10:51:06 PM , Rating: 5
After Bostock's phone call, Bartz sent an email out to Yahoo employees via her iPad to announce her departure.

I love it! We can't have a single news article without mentioning apple in some form, can we?

By sprockkets on 9/8/2011 11:11:05 PM , Rating: 4
Another reason to like Android: No tasteless advertising in your emails.

By freshmint on 9/8/2011 11:45:16 PM , Rating: 1

Some people call it tasteless advertising, others call it the default e-mail signature that you can change.

By sprockkets on 9/9/2011 1:15:40 AM , Rating: 5
Can you change it? Yes. Can 99.995% of apple users know they can change it, let alone figure out how to change it? No.

By quiksilvr on 9/9/2011 9:19:00 AM , Rating: 5
Correction. DO 99.995% Apple users WANT to change it even if it was easy to? No. Because they like showing off. So wrong.

-Sent from 24 karat gold stolen iPhone 4S from California bar covered in diamonds.

By sprockkets on 9/9/2011 11:32:06 AM , Rating: 1
You do realize that everything you said didn't change the validity of my comment?

By FaaR on 9/9/2011 5:40:20 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sorry, I wasn't aware your comment had any validity.

You're just hating irrationally on Apple for no actual valid reason.

By sprockkets on 9/9/2011 5:59:21 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry, but you don't speak for quiksilver.


By joos2000 on 9/12/2011 5:31:22 AM , Rating: 2
You are at a place with a bar covered in diamonds? Awesome.

By quiksilvr on 9/12/2011 10:23:03 AM , Rating: 2
A dangling participle?


A dangling participle...

By kingmotley on 9/9/11, Rating: 0
By tayb on 9/8/2011 11:54:17 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah so tasteless "Sent from my iPad." Despicable.

-Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless

By EricMartello on 9/9/2011 12:44:16 AM , Rating: 2
"Sent from my pine email reader. HTML sucks."

It's not really advertising so much as it is a douchetag.

By Samus on 9/9/2011 1:44:10 AM , Rating: 1
The real irony will be if she lands her next position at Apple.

Sent via mobile

By ender707 on 9/9/2011 3:26:29 PM , Rating: 2
HAH! Douchetag is now part of my everyday vocabulary!

By EricMartello on 9/9/2011 11:33:22 PM , Rating: 2
For the record, I coined that phrase it wasn't made up on 4chan or some meme site. :D Please ensure an accurate Wikipedia mention!

Why she's gone
By mindless1 on 9/8/2011 11:42:08 PM , Rating: 5
She made the classic mistake of thinking that taking people on head-first with attitude rather than level headed thinking would allow her to bulldoze over people.

Problem is, that isn't actually productive besides alienating people enough that they give up trying to have a conversation which might suit her fine if she can't carry the conversation forward but defeats the purpose of having the conversation.

If you're not level headed enough to refrain from throwing the fvck word around when things don't please you, it was a mistake that you were hired for a position of responsibility in the first place.

RE: Why she's gone
By SunAngel on 9/8/2011 11:57:29 PM , Rating: 2
what i'm about to say will be taken the wrong way, it may even be racist but neither are my intentions.

her style of management may be considered stand-offish, but it generally works in the IT field because (1) it is an immature field. of course technology has been around for some time now, but when I say immature im particularly talking about the attitudes and actions of the persons employed in the field. employees of this nature need direction and discipline otherwise there will be kaos. (2) she is dealing with 'foreign' intellect. U.S. customs and traditions need to be reinforced in these so called american-born, foreign corporations.

she should be given credit for righting the ship. she may not have brought the company back to its once former glory, but Yahoo! could have easily have been swallowed whole by someone else. I'm sure Jerry Yang is greatful for what she did to save the company.

RE: Why she's gone
By Flunk on 9/9/2011 9:06:34 AM , Rating: 4
The problem is that she didn't right the ship. Her strategy failed and she was fired for it.

RE: Why she's gone
By Bostlabs on 9/9/2011 12:26:56 PM , Rating: 2
kaos eh? Where is Maxwell Smart when you need him?

RE: Why she's gone
By Camikazi on 9/11/2011 10:35:02 PM , Rating: 2
That reply just made me love you, Agent 86 would be proud :)

RE: Why she's gone
By TeXWiller on 9/10/2011 3:28:55 AM , Rating: 2
(2) she is dealing with 'foreign' intellect. U.S. customs and traditions need to be reinforced in these so called american-born, foreign corporations.
Styles of leadership vary so widely globally that finding a right way to manage a multinational team is not a trivial task. Bossy attitude don't work for the Swedish but the Finns are used to it, Indians are usually aggressive in their leadership style and so on. It has to be said that the way she acted on the interview is not considered professional anywhere, except perhaps in the London punk scene. ;)
The Americans generally appear to be quite conservative in their workplace behavior though this could be the result of the litigious culture. I don't think traditional customs or values have as much influence to the American workplace as the education and learning through practical experience in the courts.
In the light of this article, her departure reminds me more of a divorce than a termination of contract.

RE: Why she's gone
By MrBlastman on 9/9/2011 12:07:06 PM , Rating: 1
This lady needs to stop crying like a baby and learn to have something called "class." She has none at all and her words are evident enough of that.

She can buy a lot of candy-coated pacifiers with the 47 million she earned her first year working there. She should start sucking on them now.

poor thing
By cactusdog on 9/8/2011 11:36:47 PM , Rating: 4
haha, makes me laugh when these CEOs cry foul after they get millions in compensation. She would never have to work again with that kind of money. I would leave quietly before someone asked for a refund.

RE: poor thing
By Natch on 9/9/2011 8:23:37 AM , Rating: 2
While I agree that firing someone over the phone is pretty classless, I'm also pretty certain that her golden parachute will help to make the hurt stop hurting (much like Bactine).

I did read, this morning, that she's going to lose some of that parachute, though....since she had a "no disparaging remarks" clause to it. Guess she figured it was worth losing that, though, in order to put in her 2-cents.

yahoo can @!*# me over anytime?
By javiergf on 9/9/2011 10:45:38 AM , Rating: 2
Really, I'll work as CEO for a fraction of this self entitled bitch, have a lot of experience in the sector MBA/MSc, and I won't complain when you fire me over the phone... how disconnected are these overpaid millionaires to the real world!

RE: yahoo can @!*# me over anytime?
By rdhood on 9/9/2011 11:49:17 AM , Rating: 2
Bingo. You can @!*# me over for $3 or $4 million severance any time.

Make me CEO, I may or may not turn the company around, and give me $4 million. I wouldn't even complain!

By javiergf on 9/9/2011 11:58:26 AM , Rating: 1
I can guarantee that you and I would have done better than this bitch or Fiorina... the biggest mistake Yahoo made was not accepting being bought my Microsoft

By Arsynic on 9/9/2011 8:48:56 AM , Rating: 2
She must be a beast in the sack...

By Manch on 9/9/2011 11:04:40 AM , Rating: 2
LOL...i hope that's not her "O" face in the pic!

Mental note to oneself, again
By TeXWiller on 9/9/2011 12:02:32 PM , Rating: 1
Terminating relationships over telephone or email don't produce quiet acceptance as a result.

By lagomorpha on 9/10/2011 2:53:54 AM , Rating: 2
It does if you follow up with blocking their number/email/means of contact. Ahhh the sound of silence.

By kitonne on 9/9/2011 8:20:00 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like her contract had a non-disparagement clause and she lost her $10M good-bye gift for venting off in an interview after being fired:

oh well... she made enough money in prior years to afford it ($45M in her first year with Yahoo, per other articles).

Screwed over?
By buzznut on 9/11/2011 8:10:00 PM , Rating: 2
3 million doesn't sound like she got screwed over. Sounds like they were very generous, considering her performance.

I certainly won't be hiring her anytime soon. Or when hell freezes over either..

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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