Ross Levinsohn Joins Yahoo as Exec VP of the Americas

Former Fox Interactive exec will oversee the region's media group and advertising sales.

Ross Levinsohn will join Yahoo next month as executive vp of the Americas, overseeing the region's media group and advertising sales. He reports to CEO Carol Bartz.

Levinsohn was a former top executive at CBS Sportsline and HBO who was thrust under a brighter spotlight in 2004 when Rupert Murdoch named him president of Fox Interactive Media and asked him to devise a digital strategy for News Corp.

Before leaving News Corp. two years later, he had overseen the $580 million purchase of MySpace and the acquisition of a host of smaller companies.

Since then, he founded Fuse Capital with Jon Miller, the former CEO of America Online who is now CEO of digital media at News Corp. Fuse's investment portfolio includes a couple dozen digital media and communications firms.

"Yahoo is one of the premier Internet companies in the world," Levinsohn said. "Having this opportunity to work with a group of immensely talented people to enhance Yahoo's leadership position is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."