Matt James u-turn leaves Yahoo without a sales director

Yahoo is again without a sales director as recently appointed candidate Matt James has decided against joining the internet giant.

Yahoo announced in June that James, the former MD of OMD International, was set to join the company. But new media age has learned he won’t after all.

A Yahoo spokeswoman confirmed, “After further consideration, Matt James has decided not to join Yahoo. We wish him all the best with his future endeavours.”

She wouldn’t comment on whether it will now begin a new search for a sales director.

James was promoted to MD of OMD International in March 2008, from global media director, having joined the company in 1997. He has also worked at WPP Group and communications agency Naked.

It’s not known whether he has another role to go to.

This story first appeared on

Latest from Marketing Week


Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now


Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.


From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.


Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here