SAN FRANCISCO -- Ken Goldman wasn't working at home on Wednesday.
Yahoo's chief financial officer was working the room at a Morgan Stanley investment conference, making a forceful case that Marissa Mayer is improving the quality of life at Yahoo.
He did not directly acknowledge –- nor did anyone ask about -- the elephant in that room: Yahoo's ban on telecommuting, which has sparked a national uproar. Mayer, the former Google executive charged with reviving the fortunes of the struggling Internet pioneer, has given Yahoo employees an ultimatum: show up at the office or lose your job.
Yahoo sought to contain the controversy on Tuesday by issuing a written statement: "This isn't a broad industry view on working from home -- this is about what is right for Yahoo right now."