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Marissa Mayer Named CEO & President of Yahoo

Marissa Mayer, known for being vice-president at Google and its first female engineer, has been named the CEO and president of Yahoo.

According to The New York Times, Mayer resigned today from her 13-year tenure at Google via telephone; she’ll begin her new job tomorrow.

During an interview with the newspaper, Mayer recalled “an amazing time at Google.” She added that “it was a reasonably easy decision” to accept the position at Yahoo at “one of the best brands on the Internet.”

In her new role, Mayer joins a list of a few women in an elite leadership role. There’s Meg Whitman, chief executive at Hewlett-Packard, Virginia Rometty, chief at IBM, and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook.


Her legacy at Google includes the white search homepage, Gmail, Google News, and Google Images. Plus, she took the helm at Google Maps and oversaw more than 1,000 product managers.

During our Media Beat interview with Mayer, she said she never realized as a female “it was strange to be interested in math and technology; I never realized I was the exception.”

Mayer told us when she received 14 job offers right out of college, she created a matrix regarding salary and stock options, trajectory of the company and her career, and charts and other things. After analyzing it, at midnight “it was so confusing.” And then she collapsed.

On making career decisions, she explained based on advice given from a friend, “There’s one that you pick and you make great. I think a lot of times people who are very driven put a lot of pressure on themselves…and a lot of times there are a lot of good options and the path that you take.”

She added, “Commit to the path that you’ve taken, learn from mistakes and grow from them.”

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