Yahoo Inc. has announced the appointment of Aristotle “Ari” Balogh, 43, as chief technology officer (CTO). Formerly the CTO at VeriSign, Inc., Balogh will lead Yahoo!’s global engineering organization and manage all of the company’s technology operations. Balogh will be based at Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., and will report directly to Jerry Yang, co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO).
“World-class technology development is a critical part of Yahoo!’s strategy. Bringing a strong technology leader on board to drive engineering and operational excellence across our technology group has been a significant priority for the company,” said Yang. “In Ari Balogh, Yahoo! is adding one of the industry’s most talented leaders to our bench-strength of technology experts. With a proven track record for successfully leading large scale engineering initiatives and driving rapid cycles of technology innovation, Ari’s leadership skills are well suited to leading Yahoo!’s development efforts as we continue in our mission to deliver the best, most indispensable experiences on the Internet.”
As CTO, Balogh will be responsible for company-wide product development which includes optimizing resources, speeding innovation, and ensuring the quality of Yahoo!’s products and services. Balogh will focus on establishing a common architecture and building blocks to drive development aligned with corporate strategy and on improving the overall effectiveness of Yahoo!’s engineering efforts. All of Yahoo!’s engineering functions, including technical operations, infrastructure, and internal IT support groups, will report into Balogh.
“Yahoo! has been a technological powerhouse since the earliest days of the Internet and I’m extremely impressed with everything this team of talented engineers has accomplished,” said Balogh. “I am excited about the opportunity to build upon this kind of demonstrated success and to participate in the development of the Internet applications and services that are transforming our culture. I am honored to be a part of the Yahoo! team.”
Prior to Yahoo, Balogh was executive vice president, chief technology officer, and head of global product design for VeriSign, where he led all internal and external technology functions. During his nearly ten years at VeriSign, Balogh held numerous technology leadership positions that focused on aligning technical execution with business priorities; driving product strategy; and improving the speed of innovation and quality across the entire lifecycle of service creation and delivery – from product concept to billing. He was recognized by InfoWorld Magazine as one of the top 25 CTOs in 2007. Prior to joining VeriSign, Balogh held leadership positions at SRA Corporation and Roadnet Technologies. He holds an M.S.E. in electrical and computer engineering, and a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from Johns Hopkins University.