Yahoo! shocked its observers and Wall Street today by naming Marissa Mayer, longtime Google executive, as chief executive of the teetering Silicon Valley Web portal.
Mayer, 37, was one of the first employees of Google, 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.
Yahoo’s mission statement, according to its website, is to “create deeply personal digital experiences” and to connect users to what matters most to them. The Internet does that very well all by itself, thank you, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter have also encroached on that vague territory.
Mayer era uno dei massimi dirigenti di Google dove era responsabile di alcuni prodotti come Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat e Street View. C'è lei anche dietro i celebri Doodle. La giovanissima top manager è l'impiegata numero 20 di Mountain View, prima donna ingegnere in Google e tra le più in vista e potenti della Silicon Valley.