Apple CEO Steve Jobs was a surprise guest at a gathering of Yahoo senior executives last Friday.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang declared Jobs to be "one of his heroes".

The Apple boss discussed how he had turned Apple around with the Yahoo team, pointing out that he returned the company to the basic merits of its existing assets.

The report observes: "it was a brilliant choice on the part of Yahoo leadership to use the halo effect of Jobs - whose story of struggle over adversity is well known - in focusing their execs toward the new direction for the company."