May 14, 2008, 8:25 PM — Billionaire investor Carl
Icahn will proceed with his plan
to replace Yahoo's entire board in an effort to force the company to reopen
merger negotiations with Microsoft, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
Other large investors have also expressed their dismay with Yahoo leaders over
the end of the discussions with Microsoft. Together, the investors could unseat
all of Yahoo's board, since all 10 members are up for re-election this year.
Stock owners will vote on the new board members in July at Yahoo's shareholders'
One potential problem with Icahn's plan is that even if he manages to replace
the board, Microsoft has not indicated that it is willing to return to the negotiating
table. Since it pulled the offer, Microsoft has said that it has moved on and
plans to boost its online search business mainly through internal efforts.
Microsoft announced its US$44.6 billion
bid for Yahoo on Feb. 1 but walked away from the deal three months later,
on May 3, saying the companies couldn't agree on a price. Microsoft's last offer
was for $33 per share, or about $5 billion more than its original offer, but
Yahoo wanted $37 per share.