Yahoo chief grabs Google exec Bernardo Hernández to lead Flickr

Yahoo has appointed Google exec and tech entrepreneur Bernardo Hernández González as the new head of the company's photo sharing site Flickr.

Hernández most recently ran Google's restaurant review site Zagat, which the company acquired in 2011. The Spaniard is said to have been a favourite of CEO Marissa Mayer when she was VP at Google.

"I am very happy to say that as of tomorrow I will be leading Flickr efforts at Yahoo. Amazing beautiful challenge," Hernández announced on Twitter.

The appointment comes as Brett Wayn reportedly resigned from the role at Flickr last week, just months after overseeing the site's dramatic redesign which was launched in May. It is not known why Wayn decided to leave the company.

The extensive rework was an attempt by Mayer to boost Flickr's user base; the site has failed to keep up with rivals such as Facebook and Pinterest, as well as Mayer's biggest acquisition since becoming CEO, Tumblr.

Upon launch of the redevelopments, which includes a terabyte of storage, Mayer promised that Flickr would be "awesome again."

It is believed that Hernández has actually been with Yahoo for a number of weeks, but has not had a specific role until now.

As well as being an exec at Google, Hernández has invested in and founded a number of Spanish Internet companies, including StepOne, Idealista.com, FloresFrescas.com and 11870.com.

He is also an adviser to Google Ventures, a role which he will continue to hold.

Hernández appointment follows Mayer's recruitment of another colleague from her days at Google, Dylan Casey.