The former chief executive of Vodafone Group Plc, Arun Sarin, is among those being considered by board members at Yahoo Inc to take the top job at the internet firm, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.

Yahoo's directors are moving closer to a recommendation and have authorised checking references on a few key candidates, the paper said.

Yahoo could not be immediately reached for comment.

The names of several executives of leading technology and media companies have been floating around as possible replacements to Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang.

Yang agreed to resign as CEO last month after investors criticized him for management missteps. The company said at the time that it was hiring executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles


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