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Google’s Marissa Mayer takes Yahoo’s top job

Monday, July 16, 2012

This will undoubtedly spawn a what’s-a-nice-girl-like-that-doing-in-a-neighborhood-like-this response from some, but Marissa Mayer is indeed leaving as one of Google’s top execs to take the CEO job at struggling Yahoo.

She becomes the latest in a string of chief executives at the Sunnyvale company, and is the permanent replacement to Scott Thompson, who went out the door after it was discovered he’d puffed his resume.

From the NYT:

Ms. Mayer, 37, had for years been responsible for the look and feel of Google’s most popular products: the famously unadorned white search homepage, Gmail, Google News and Google Images. More recently, Ms. Mayer, an engineer by training whose first job at Google included computer programming, was put in charge of the company’s location and local services, including Google Maps, overseeing more than 1,000 product managers. She also sat on Google’s operating committee, part of a small circle of senior executives who had the ear of Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

With her appointment as the president and chief executive of Yahoo, Ms. Mayer joins a short list of women in technology companies to hold the top spot. The elite club includes Meg Whitman, the chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, and Virginia Rometty, the head of I.B.M. Another senior woman in Silicon Valley, Sheryl Sandberg, is Facebook’s chief operating officer.

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