Marissa Mayer, New Yahoo CEO Inspires Women All Over
Mayer is now the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company, from Google veteran to Yahoo CEO ready to turn Yahoo around while inspiring women along the way
The tech world has been buzzing over the announcement of Yahoo’s new CEO, Marissa Mayer who recently left Google to join Yahoo with the aim to turn it around and give it a new identity. Marissa started her career at Google where she was the first female engineer there and the 20th employee. She worked with Google for 13 years and also sits on the board at Wal-Mart which she joined in April. Mayer also sits on the board of several non-profit organizations such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Ballet and the New York City Ballet.
While at Google, she was responsible for the clean minimalist look of the search engine home page along with the launch of many of Google’s iconic products. She was promoted to VP for search, map and location services and is known to be good in interviews. Last year, Marissa Mayer interviewed Lady Gaga in Musicians@Google which can be viewed over YouTube.
Mayer has a bachelor and master’s degree from Stanford University specializing in artificial intelligence.
Her appointment as the new Yahoo CEO is an inspiration to women in both the tech and business world. At 37 years old, she is currently the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. One of her main aim as the new CEO would be to make Yahoo products more delightful for users. Mayer is the 4th CEO for Yahoo in 4 years and many wonder whether she could actually turn Yahoo around when previous CEOs have not been able to. However, her wide range of experience in Google will prove to be very useful and crucial in this new role.
Right after news broke on her appointment as Yahoo CEO, Mayer announced her pregnancy via Twitter that she and her entrepreneur husband Zachary Bogue will be expecting their first baby boy by October.
The Yahoo board’s decision to hire her even when she revealed her pregnancy to them in June has been an encouragement to women everywhere. Mayer was also quick to state that she will be working through her maternity leave so that she could keep in touch with how things were going in her new job role. This has sparked a debate on whether working mums could manage it all – a successful career and time with their baby and family. Many working mums would be able to testify on the demands of balancing a high profile career with that of raising a young family.
Mayer is also known for her high taste in fashion where she reportedly paid $60,000 at a charity auction to have lunch with fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. While normal working women may not be able to afford such luxuries, they could still check out some of the happening fashion sites which offers affordable clothing styles such as cute dresses and trendy clothing.
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