Patti Hart says she decided to not to seek re-election to Yahoo's board to focus on her job as CEO at gambling machine maker International Game Technology. She confirmed her departure in a Tuesday statement issued a few hours after her exit strategy was first reported by All Things D, a technology blog affiliated with The Wall Street Journal.
Yahoo Inc. offered no immediate comment on Hart's decision.
Hart becomes the first casualty of a dust-up caused by the recent exposure of a bogus college degree that has periodically appeared in Thompson's official biography.
Hart led the Yahoo committee that hired Thompson in January.
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