Business Insider has a video of De Castro bumbling through a presentation of his vision for Yahoo which offers some insight into why Mayer ultimately cut him loose.
De Castro’s severance package, which included $1 million in cash plus equity, was valued at $17 million on Oct. 15, 2012, when he signed his offer letter.
That figure more than tripled during De Castro’s brief time at the company when Yahoo’s share prices rose, thanks to its 24 percent stake in Chinese Internet giant Alibaba.
When Yahoo hired De Castro, its board believed “he had a unique set of highly valuable skills and experiences that would be key to returning the Company to long-term growth and success,” the filing said.
Yahoo’s shareholders disagreed. On March 14, they filed suit, claiming the board wasted corporate assets and breached its fiduciary duty to understand how much De Castro would be entitled to receive.
Perhaps as a sign of contrition, Yahoo has since named three new board members: David Filo, Yahoo founder and technical adviser; Charles R. Schwab, founder and chairman of the Charles Schwab discount brokerage firm; and former Wal-Mart chief executive H. Lee Scott Jr.