Mayer which is one of Google’s first employees – is now arguably the most prominent woman in Silicon Valley and a rare female CEO at one of America’s largest firms the “Yahoo”.
In the past year, Yahoo! has racked up five bosses, two of them interim chiefs who filled in after dismal ends to stints by Scott Thompson and Carol Bartz.The hire of Mayer came as a surprise after many reports said interim chief Ross Levinsohn had a lock on the top job.The appointment “signals a renewed focus on product innovation to drive user experience and advertising revenue,” Yahoo! said in a statement.
In an interview Mayer said,“I’m incredibly excited to start my new role at Yahoo! tomorrow,“I am honored and delighted to lead Yahoo!, one of the Internet’s premier destinations for more than 700 million users,” Mayer said.
Danny Sullivan of the website Search Engine Land called 37-year-old Mayer a promising choice for Yahoo! chief.“She is smart, she is driven, she knows the Internet space better than virtually anyone out there,” he said.
“If anyone has a shot at doing something good with Yahoo! she is one of the best picks… She took Google as a search engine to this huge success that it has. She is very focused on details, very meticulous.”
Marc Andreessen, the co-founder of Netscape and head of a venture capital firm, said the news is “great for the Valley” and “it’s a big statement on Yahoo!’s part of go with a product-centric person.”
It can make Yahoo! a product innovator again,” he told a tech conference organized by Fortune magazine in Aspen, Colorado. “There have been very few turnarounds in tech, until Apple proved you could do it.”
At Google, Mayer was responsible for local and geographical products including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View, and local search for desktop and mobile.
“She’s a great product person, very innovative and a real perfectionist who always wants the best for users,” .“Yahoo! has made a good choice and I am personally very excited to see another woman become CEO of a technology company.”Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said of Mayer
She joined Google in 1999 as its 20th employee and is credited with a decade of leading many of Google’s most recognizable products, including its flagship search product and iconic homepage.
She also managed some of Google’s most successful innovations, launching more than 100 features and products including image, book and product search, toolbar, Google News, and Gmail, according to the Yahoo! statement.
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