February 26, 2013 Leave a comment
Marissa Mayer made headlines last summer when the former Google exec was named the new CEO of Yahoo. Yahoo was struggling, and hoped that changing up their management would create better search traffic. A women being named the CEO was not what the media was buzzing about however, it was the fact that she was hired as the new CEO while pregnant with her first child. This of course sparked much debate over whether or not she can turn the struggling company around while dealing with the troubles of new motherhood. To be honest, being named the new CEO of a company in trouble is hard enough, but adding a new baby on top of that can only make things incredibly stressful.
Marissa Mayer is known for trying to get more women in the technology industry and encouraging girls to study computer science. She has advised women to not step back from career opportunities when starting a family as well.
“My maternity leave will be a few weeks long and I’ll work throughout it,” Mayer stated. She also commented on Yahoo saying that, “They showed their evolved thinking.”
Mayer attended Stanford University and received her B.S. in Symbolic Systems, and then went on to get her Masters of Science in Computer Science. She has been listed in Fortune magazine for the past 3 years on their annual Most Powerful Women’s list, and was the youngest to ever appear on the list.
In her 12 years at Google, she led the product management and engineering efforts for Google Maps, Google Earth, and more. She also led product management and design efforts for the Google web search, iGoogle, news, images, products, toolbar, and books. She was the youngest member of Google’s executive operating committee.