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Yahoo has appointed former Googler Max Levchin to its board of directors. David Kenny and Brad Smith are stepping down from the Yahoo board in order to focus on their respective companies, says Yahoo. There are now 11 directors on the Yahoo board.

Marissa Mayer (CEO, Yahoo): Max is someone I’ve admired throughout my career for his phenomenal sense for great products and keen focus on user experiences. I’m confident that his strong product and technology expertise will be a tremendous asset to Yahoo as we work to transform the world’s daily habits.

Mr. Levchin is a computer scientist, serial entrepreneur and angel investor. His latest undertaking, HVF, is focused on solving big data problems. Prior to founding HVF, Mr. Levchin served as vice president of engineering at Google after its acquisition of Slide, an early developer of social applications which he founded and ran. Mr. Levchin incubated and was the first investor in Yelp. A graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign -Urbana, he was one of the co-founders of PayPal as well as the company’s CTO, from founding through its acquisition by eBay.

Mr. Levchin also serves as chairman of the boards at Kaggle and Yelp and is a director at Evernote.
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