Last Call: Yahoo Tweaks Background Check Language

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Yahoo CEO offer, January 3, 2012: ”Please understand that this offer is contingent upon the successful completion of your background check.”

Yahoo CEO offer, July 19, 2012: “You represent that all information provided to Yahoo! or its agents with regard to your background is true and correct.”

— Below, Yahoo reveals its compensation package for its new CEO, with slight tweaks in language regarding the… background check.

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New Yahoo CEO Gets $70 Million Pay Package/Reuters: “Marissa Mayer will receive a pay package that could total more than $70 million in salary, restricted stock and stock options over five years, a Yahoo SEC filing on Thursday revealed. Mayer's pay package with Yahoo is broken out into $1 million in annual salary and $42 million in stock options and other awards, as well as $14 million in "make whole restricted options" for forfeiture of compensation from Google.”

Yahoo Tweaks Background Check Language for Mayer/WSJ – David Benoit: “Yahoo made a slight tweak to the language in its offer letter to Marissa Mayer versus the letter it sent to Scott Thompson. And it has to do with the background check. Mayer’s letter released today reads: “You represent that all information provided to Yahoo! or its agents with regard to your background is true and correct.” Thompson’s letter, dated January 3, read: ”Please understand that this offer is contingent upon the successful completion of your background check.”

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