The domain registration and hosting service announced Tuesday that Blake Irving, a former exec at Microsoft and Yahoo, will take over as the company's CEO on Jan. 7. The company is currently headed by Scott Wagner, an executive at investment firm KKR, who took over as interim CEO when Warren Adelman decided to step down this summer after serving just 8 months in the role.
Irving resigned as the chief product officer at Yahoo in April of this year, reportedly due to differences with then CEO Scott Thompson and a massive restructuring at the company that resulted in thousands of layoffs and changes to the product division. Before joining Yahoo, he spent more than eight years working as a corporate vice president at Microsoft.
GoDaddy's products now support more than 11 million customers, but the company's success has at times been overshadowed by a massive outage earlier this year and its controversial founder Bob Parsons last year. Parsons, for his part, stepped down as CEO of the company in late 2011, but remains actively involved with GoDaddy as its executive chairman.
Now, GoDaddy is increasingly focused on international expansion and building out services for its small business customers. That is arguably the key task ahead for Irving in his new role as CEO.
“I’m honored for the opportunity to lead such a talented team and to be a part of such an innovative company,” Irving said in a statement. “Go Daddy is and will continue to be the hub where businesses can come to life, grow and prosper. We strive to be the global resource that fuels success for countless entrepreneurs and innovators around the world."
Besides this, Irving will also likely need to fulfill a more fundamental goal at GoDaddy: Providing a greater sense of stability at the top of the company after a year full of turnovers.