Ex-Yahoo to lead Russian search firm’s new lab, opening in Palo Alto

Yandex, the Russion search engine and one of the largest Russian Web portals, will open a U.S. technology and business facility in Palo Alto to be called Yandex Labs, according to a release Friday. Former Yahoo Vishal Makhijani, who headed Yahoo’s search group, will become president and chief executive of the new organization, reporting directly to Arkady Volozh, CEO of Yandex.

Yandex’s name is derived from a bilingual pun on the word “index,” according to its Wikipedia entry, with the backward R character in Russian corresponding to the English “I”.


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