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Verizon makes Oath after completing Yahoo deal

Verizon has competed its US$4.5 billion acquisition of Yahoo’s core business and has combined it with AOL to create a new subsidiary called Oath, with Marissa Mayer exiting as a result.

Marissa MayerAs a home to more than 50 media and technology brands, Oath’s portfolio includes HuffPost, Yahoo Sports, AOL.com, Makers, Tumblr, Build Studios and Yahoo Finance.

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong becomes CEO of the new subsidiary, having lead the integration planning teams since the Yahoo takeover was announced in July 2016.

Meanwhile, Yahoo CEO  Mayer (pictured) has resigned and exits the business.

The deal was thrown into doubt after Yahoo was twiced hit by cyber attacks, with the original enterprise value of the agreement eventually dropped by US$350 million in an effort to push it through.

“The close of this transaction represents a critical step in growing the global scale needed for our digital media company,” said Verizon president of Media and Telematics, Marni Walden.

“The combined set of assets across Verizon and Oath, from VR to AI, 5G to IoT, from content partnerships to originals, will create exciting new ways to captivate audiences across the globe.”

Armstrong said: “We’re building the future of brands using powerful technology, trusted content and differentiated data.

“Now that the deal is closed, we are excited to set our focus on being the best company for consumer media, and the best partner to our advertising, content and publisher partners.”

Oath begans operations yesterday and is part of Verizon’s Media and Telematics organisation. Verizon claims Oath’s assets already engage “more than a billion people around the world”.