Once known as the first female engineer and the 20th employee to be hired by Google, is today the CEO of Yahoo. On 15th July 2012, Marissa Mayer resigned from being the Vice President of Local, Maps and Location Services at Google and the following day joined Yahoo as the next promising CEO of the worldwide known corporation.
Mayer, now 37 years of age, was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, to Margaret Mayer (an art teacher) and Michael Mayer (an engineer). She graduated with honours from Standford University with a B.S in symbolic system and M.S in computer science.
Here is the press release:
Yahoo! Appoints Marissa Mayer Chief Executive Officer
SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 16, 2012
Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) today announced that it has appointed Marissa Mayer as President, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors effective July 17, 2012. The appointment of Ms. Mayer, a leading consumer internet executive, signals a renewed focus on product innovation to drive user experience and advertising revenue for one of the world’s largest consumer internet brands, whose leading properties include Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Sports, Yahoo! Mobile, Yahoo! Mail, and Yahoo! Search.
Mayer said, “I am honored and delighted to lead Yahoo!, one of the internet’s premier destinations for more than 700 million users. I look forward to working with the Company’s dedicated employees to bring innovative products, content, and personalized experiences to users and advertisers all around the world.”
Most recently, Mayer was responsible for Local, Maps, and Location Services for Google, the company’s suite of local and geographical products including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View, and local search, for desktop and mobile. Mayer joined Google in 1999 as its 20th employee and led efforts for many of Google’s most recognizable products, including the development of its flagship search product and iconic homepage for over 10 years. Mayer managed some of Google’s most successful innovations, launching more than 100 features and products including image, book and product search, toolbar, iGoogle, Google News, and Gmail – creating much of the “look and feel” of the Google user experience.
Yahoo! Co-Founder David Filo said, “Marissa is a well-known, visionary leader in user experience and product design and one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting strategists in technology development. I look forward to working with her to enhance Yahoo’s product offerings for our over 700 million unique monthly visitors.”
“The Board of Directors unanimously agreed that Marissa’s unparalleled track record in technology, design, and product execution makes her the right leader for Yahoo! at this time of enormous opportunity,” said Fred Amoroso, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Ms Mayer, you’ve done wonders as a Googirl. You’ve set high hopes for all Yahoo fans and given the organisation a new reason to compete (and maybe win) against Google. We look forward to what Yahoo has in store for us!