Longtime Google Exec, Marissa Mayer Takes Over As Yahoo CEO
Interesting move, considering her time with Google. Looks like she found her moment to shine, or crash and burn like the previous Yahoo CEOs.
Yahoo! (YHOO) shocked its observers and Wall Street today by naming Marissa Mayer, longtime Google (GOOG) executive, as chief executive of the teetering Silicon Valley Web portal. The beleaguered company has had four official CEOs over the past five years, and their names—Terry Semel, Jerry Yang, Carol Bartz, and Scott Thompson—have come to define hapless management.
Mayer, 37, was one of the first Googlers, the company that first rode to prominence on Yahoo’s coattails as its search provider—and then quickly surpassed it. She ran Google’s search group for years and most recently has led the location and local division; she’s also always been one of the company’s best spokespeople. But over the past year she never seemed to find a place on CEO Larry Page’s senior leadership team.