Google’s Marissa Mayer Becomes Yahoo’s Chief

July 16, 2012 Source: New York Times

Marissa Mayer, a top executive at Google, has been named as the next C.E.O. of Yahoo. Mayer, a Stanford alum, joined Google in 1999 as their first female engineer and became one of the tech giant's most prominent public faces. Mayer joins a few other women, including Meg Whitman, the chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, and Virginia Rometty, the head of IBM, at the top of the food chain in the Silicon Valley.

Marissa Mayer, one of the top executives at Google, will be the next C.E.O. of Yahoo, making her one of the most prominent women in Silicon Valley and corporate America.

The appointment of Ms. Mayer, who was employee No. 20 at Google and was one of the few public faces of the company, is considered a surprising coup for Yahoo, which has struggled in recent years to attract top flight talent in its battle with competitors like Google and Facebook.

Ms. Mayer, 37, had for years been responsible for the look and feel of Google’s most popular products: the famously unadorned white search homepage, Gmail, Google News and Google Images. More recently, Ms. Mayer, an engineer by training whose first job at Google included computer programming, was put in charge of the company’s location and local services, including Google Maps, overseeing more than 1,000 product managers. She also sat on Google’s operating committee, part of a small circle of senior executives who had the ear of Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

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