Yahoo ad exec deflects talk about becoming CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? The head of Yahoo’s online advertising business in North America says he has been too busy trying to bring in more revenue to consider whether he would be willing to become the struggling Internet company’s next CEO.

Ross Levinsohn, Yahoo Inc.’s executive vice president of Americas, made his remarks Monday during the kick-off of the Web 2.0 Summit. That’s a three-day Internet conference that annually attracts prominent technology executives.

Yahoo’s fate has been in limbo since its board fired Carol Bartz as CEO last month. Tim Morse, Yahoo’s chief financial officer, is temporarily running the company while the board undergoes a strategic review. The directors are evaluating whether it makes sense to hire a permanent CEO or sell Yahoo in parts or in its entirety.