Marissa Mayer leaves Google to become Yahoo CEO

“Yahoo Inc picked Google Inc’s Marissa Mayer to become its new CEO, turning to an engineer with established Silicon Valley credentials to turn around the struggling former Internet powerhouse,” Alexei Oreskovic and Peter Lauria report for Reuters.

“Mayer, who edged out front-runner and acting Chief Executive Ross Levinsohn, starts Tuesday as Yahoo’s third CEO in a year,” Oreskovic and Lauria report. “She hopes to stem losses to Google and Facebook Inc – which her high-profile predecessors failed to do.”

Oreskovic and Lauria report, “Her hiring signaled the Internet company is likely to renew its focus on Web technology and products rather than beefing up online content… Mayer, 37, will assume her role on Tuesday, when the company is scheduled to report its quarterly financial results.”

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer<br>(photo by Brigitte Lacombe)
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
(photo by Brigitte Lacombe)
“Mayer, Google’s 20th employee and first female engineer, and has led various businesses there, including the design of the company’s flagship search engine,” Oreskovic and Lauria report. “Last responsible for Google’s local and location services, she joins fellow women tech-industry corporate chieftains Meg Whitman of Hewlett Packard Co, Virginia Rometty of International Business Machines Corp and Ursula Burns of Xerox Corp.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Good luck, Marissa. You’re gonna need it.

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  1. Kinda a shame cos she dead cute ( I will burn in hell for that). Sounds like the one of the smartest around Google. Hard to say whether Yahoo will be her Waterloo or Nirvana but given recent history I will say the former.

  2. Guys Guys… keep your “equipment” steady in your pants please! 🙂

    Marissa may very well be Google’s version of Nokia’s Mr. Elop – a sleeper agent from Google set out to suck the life out of Yahoo.

    my 2 cents…

    1. Make that a ‘Fem-bot’.

      A hot, built like a ‘brick outdoor facility’, ‘making me think of naughty thoughts’, newly appointed CEO of Yahoo.

      It’s too bad she doesn’t seem to have the CEO skillz, other than her ‘gams’. Her underlings (unless they’re gay) will be too distracted by her ‘femininity’. She’ll be gone in 6 – 8 months.

      I know it sounds sexist (ask me if I care), but the Yahoo board should pay more attention to the spreadsheets instead of being distracted by what’s spreading the sheets.

      I’m confident that Ms. Mayer is perfectly capable of leading ‘Yahoo!’ out of the ditch that it’s currently in *snicker* and on to greater and more glorious things.

      Let’s ‘wait and see’ what those ‘things’ may be.

      Good luck, Ms. Hottie.

  3. Looks better than Tim Cook and she is an engineer. If she can save Yahoo, she will prove for certain her managerial skills. Only downside I can see is her being on the Wal-Mart Board.

    Most excellent Gams.

  4. if Marissa Mayer takes a singular focus to beat google in search, google will shoot itself in the foot by working on some crazy glasses.

    Why an engineer for CEO? Is the board trying to hack at symptomatic platform problems with a CEO choice instead of choosing a leader who can deliver the platform, the business model and sell the vision.

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