Profile: Get to know Yahoo’s new C.E.O Marissa Mayer
When Y! lost its previous C.E.O due to lying about his degree post-education, Yahoo scrambled to find a new [educated] individual to bring their company back to the top of the food chain after having spent so long struggling.
Enter: Marissa Mayer. Mayer whom is only a young age of 37, is now the latest face to take up the C.E.O title over at Yahoo: Check out 5 things about the leading female.
1. She Made History
When she started working for Google in 1999 – years before Google became an everyday verb – Mayer was the company’s first female engineer.
But “Googirl” nickname aside, “I’m not a woman at Google. I’m a geek at Google,” Mayer, who was the company’s 20th employee, told CNN in April. “If you can find something that you’re really passionate about, whether you’re a man or a woman comes a lot less into play. Passion is a gender-neutralizing force.”
2. She’s Glamorous
Add this title to her resume: Woman of the Year. In 2009, Mayer was one of the leading ladies highlighted by Glamour magazine in its annual special issue. Photographed in a striking red dress, Mayer said, “When people think about computer science, they imagine people with pocket protectors and thick glasses who code all night. I do code all night! I am the stereotype, but I also break the stereotype.” Her wardrobe staples: Oscar de la Renta and Armani duds.
3. And So Is Her Apartment
If Google is your homepage, you’re familiar with its clean-cut style and simple color scheme – just like Mayer’s home. “It used to be people would come over to my apartment and say, ‘Does your apartment look like Google or does Google look like your apartment?” she told The New York Times in a 2009 profile. “I can’t articulate it anymore. I really love color. I’m not very knick-knacky or cluttery. My place has very clean simple lines. There are some elements of fun and whimsy. That has always appealed to me.”
4. Her Cupcake Recipe Is Better Than Yours
“When she wanted to come up with the perfect cupcake, she came up with a spreadsheet of ingredients to figure out the perfect recipe,” Search Engine Land editor-in-chief Danny Sullivan said. This was also the secret to her success: “She took the same approach to launching products at Google,” he said.
5. She’s Going to Be a Mom
Call it the ultimate start-up – a family! Ready to take on yet another important role, Mayer, who married financier Zachary Bogue in 2009, Tweeted out yet another announcement the same day word broke of her move to Yahoo. “Another piece of good news today – @zackbogue and I are expecting a new baby boy [in October]!”
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