Sayed Otaru

Yahoo! Inc.

Sayed Otaru is a graduate of the Executive MBA Class of 2014. He is the global lead for the search advertising marketplace at Yahoo! Inc. in Los Angeles where he has worked for the last seven years focusing on technology and product in various regions. He is a native of Nigeria and the founder of GoalAfrica 2011, North America’s first online media show on African soccer.

During his two years at UCLA Anderson, Otaru completed a record six Global Immersion and International Exchange Programs where he traveled to Peru, Spain, South Korea, the Czech Republic and Hungary, Malaysia and Singapore, and Israel for courses focused on doing business in the respective regions, including “Marketing Strategy and Resource Allocation: Focus on Eastern Europe.” He participated in exchange programs with EADA Business School and Seoul National University where he took courses on communications and doing business in Korea. While at UCLA Anderson, he took full advantage and attended many of the conferences and speaker events that the CGM offered, including a number of the events with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, that the CGM is a member and sponsor of. Otaru also travelled to China in July for the EMBA China Residential International Business Seminar, the capstone of the EMBA program. His Strategic Management Research field study project was focused on restructuring a leading architecture firm’s global aviation business.