You could have knocked me over with a feather. Marissa Mayer, Google’s employee #20, one of Google’s public faces, and VP in charge of Google’s Maps, among other projects,, is now Yahoo’s CEO. Good for her and good for Yahoo!
I think this will be a good move for both her and the long beleaguered Yahoo.
First, for Yahoo:
1) Innovative Leadership: Mayer wasn’t just Google’s first woman engineer and developer. She’s the person who’s largely responsible for Google’s best known and well-regarded looks: such as the unadorned Google search page. Mayer isn’t just another suit, she’s an innovative ideas person and Yahoo is a company that has been sadly lacking in ideas for the last few years.
2) Respectable Leadership: When the last CEO, Scott Thompson, resigned after it was revealed that he had lied on his resume, Yahoo had become a joke. One CEO after another had come, cut jobs, made bad deals, and then been kicked out the door. Mayer is well-known and respected in the industry. She’s not the “improve the bottom line for the next quarter by firing staffers” kind of executive that Yahoo has had in recent years.