Go Daddy Appoints Former Yahoo Exec as CEO

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Go Daddy, one of the world's biggestInternet hosting firms, appointed Yahoo formerChief Product Officer Blake Irving as chief executive.

He will take over from interim CEO Scott Wagner on Jan. 7.Irving left Yahoo, where he headed a centralized products groupthat straddled several client types, on April 27.

"Blake Irving's deep technology experience and his historyof developing new cutting-edge products and leading large globalteams make him a ... compelling choice to drive Go Daddy to thenext level of its ... growth," said Bob Parsons, Go Daddy'sexecutive chairman and founder.

Irving also served in various positions at Microsoft from 1992 to 2007.Go Daddy, which describes itself as the top provider ofdomain names, filed to go public in 2006 but withdrew its IPOdue to poor market conditions.