Yahoo! Closer to Naming New CEO: Report

Among candidates still under consideration is Carol Bartz, the former CEO of Autodesk, a report says.
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Yahoo!

(YHOO)

is in the final stretch of its search for a CEO, and among candidates still under consideration is Carol Bartz, the former CEO of

Autodesk

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, the

Wall Street Journal

reports.

Bartz is "on the list," said a person familiar with the matter, adding she impressed the Yahoo! directors she has met so far, the

Journal

reports.

A decision on a new CEO at Yahoo! could come as soon as next week, according to the newspaper.

A Yahoo! spokesman declined to comment for the

Journal

.

Whether Bartz, who still serves as executive chairman of software company Autodesk, is a backup candidate or a front-runner remains unclear. People familiar with the matter said the board is leaning toward an external pick at this phase, as it winds down a search it announced in November. Former

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CEO Arun Sarin, whom the Yahoo! board had been seriously considering, has withdrawn his name, the

Journal

reports.

Yahoo!'s board has yet to make an offer and is unlikely to before next week, the

Journal

reports. The company is hoping at the latest to announce a new CEO before it reports fourth-quarter earnings at the end of January.

Yahoo!'s founder Jerry Yang is preparing to step down as CEO after a firestorm erupted over his refusal to sell the company to

Microsoft

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at its last offer of $33 a share.

Meanwhile, the

Financial Times

reports Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, has increased the pressure on Yahoo! to hand over control of its search business to Microsoft.

While ruling out a full acquisition of the Internet company, Ballmer said now is a good time to reach a deal as the companies undergo management transitions, according to the

Financial Times

.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.