Prominent Google employee Marissa Mayer set the web abuzz when Yahoo officially declared her as its newest CEO, President, and board member, effective 17 July.
“Since arriving at Google just over 13 years ago as employee #20, Marissa has been a tireless champion of our users. She contributed to the development of our Search, Geo, and Local products. We will miss her talents at Google,” said Larry Page, Co-Founder of Google.
Mayer was one of Google’s more media-friendly employees and her work included user interfaces (UIs) in Gmail and its search engine, as well as local services for the company.
Moreover, Fortune magazine listed her as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in the World” in 2010. At 37, Mayer is the youngest female ever to receive this honour.
With Yahoo’s past two executives ousted for public relations problems, Mayer’s flawless record and image make her a great choice to remedy Yahoo’s struggle with CEOs.
Fred Amoroso, Chairman of Yahoo, added: “Marissa’s unparalleled track record in technology, design, and product execution makes her the right leader for Yahoo at this time of enormous opportunity.”
Although the choice to move from heavyweight Google to struggling Yahoo may seem surprising, Mayer’s move is a big climb up the corporate ladder. She joins the ranks of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, HP CEO Meg Whitman, and IBM CEO Ginny Rometty.
Commenting on the move, Mayer said, “I am honoured and delighted to lead Yahoo, one of the internet’s premier destinations for more than 700 million users.”
“I look forward to working with the company’s dedicated employees to bring innovative products, content, and personalised experiences to users and advertisers all around the world.”