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HONG KONG (CNNMoney) — Former chief operating officer Henrique de Castro left Yahoo with a severance package worth $58 million, according to a regulatory document filed Wednesday with the SEC.

The golden parachute is among the most generous in history, and especially notable given than de Castro worked at Yahoo for only 15 months.

De Castro was shown the door in January by CEO Marissa Mayer, apparently due to disappointing performance in improving Yahoo’s advertising revenue.

Mayer and de Castro — two former Google executives — were under tremendous pressure to revive Yahoo’s battered core business.

Yahoo said in its SEC filing that de Castro was not paid a bonus for 2013 because the compensation board “believed that he did not meet the performance standards.”

But de Castro was compensated in other ways.

The executive earned a base salary of $600,000 in 2013, while stock grants and options raised his total compensation to around $11 million.

In 2012, de Castro received a whopping $39 million, although he will forfeit much of that because some stock had not vested at the time of his departure.

Much of the $58 million severance package’s value is attributable to Yahoo’s rising stock price while de Castro was with the company.

The SEC filing indicates that the package was worth only $17 million in October 2012. By early 2013, the parachute had increased to its final size of $58 million.

Also on Wednesday, Yahoo shares surged 6% the company posted earnings and sales that came in slightly ahead of expectations.

Of particular note was the company’s success in stemming declines in revenue from its search and display ads, which have flagged in recent quarters.

“We believe we’ve moved from our core business being in decline to stable to modest growth,” Mayer said Tuesday in a presentation of the results.

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  • gary

    So – let me get this straight – Yahoo is not doing all that well anymore, and apparently the COO of the company is partly to blame, so, he is ‘ousted’, which means, left go, or in what NORMAL working people would call, FIRED, and he gets $58 MILLION for doing a POOR JOB???!!!! — CORPORATE GREED! unbelievable! This is what is so wrong with the corporate world!

  • James

    He was doing a poor job? The article says his compensation was largely in stock. The article says he was responsible for advertising and that “Of particular note was the company’s success in stemming declines in revenue from its search and display ads …” The value of his stock rose from $17 million to 58 million. He was paid in stock and that stock price increased from “$15.68 to $40.34″( during the 15 months he was at the company as the 2nd in command. That’s why he is getting that much.

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