Google's Marissa Mayer named Yahoo CEO Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jul 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm
Yahoo has appointed Google executive Marissa Mayer as its new chief executive officer, the company announced Monday, July 16. Mayer, 37, a Palo Alto resident, will take the helm on Tuesday, July 17, as president, CEO and member of the board of directors.
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Posted by Paul Losch, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Jul 16, 2012 at 7:59 pm Paul Losch is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
I am a neighbor of Marissa, got to witness the Obama entourage earlier this year when she hosted the President at her home across from Addison Elementery School.
I worked in the consumer packaged goods industry for the first part of my working life. The mergers and acquistions going in high tech are quite similar. Little companies get plucked up, big companies combine with other big companies and leave a few confused (HP/COMPAQ) the best example.
Posted by Gunga Din, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood, on Jul 17, 2012 at 11:40 am
I have followed her career for over a decade. She is very smart and hard working. I recall reading that she used to spend 10-12 hours at a stretch answering her e-mail using Pine [Web Link)] so that she could process a lot of messages quickly. She would also spend a lot of late nights analyzing fonts and white space on Google's web pages. Since she has been a public face of Google for a long time and is very personable, there has been a lot written about how she manages her team and her life. Search for how she runs her afternoon meetings with product managers using a clock like that on a basketball court.
I believe that she will succeed at fixing Yahoo. This was a very smart move on the part of Yahoo's board.
Posted by Gethin, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jul 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm
I wish her luck, she is very smart and very ambitious, she could do a world of good for Yahoo. However, I think the Yahoo story as a serious player is over never to return. Maybe they can be a smaller more focused play, or acquired by a bigger fish and some of their remaining strengths leveraged.
Not roadkill yet, but not a finger on the pulse either.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Jul 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm
Congratulations to her for both this new role & the upcoming birth of her baby. I am sure that both roles will be exciting & challenging. It's great to hear about young women in leadership roles in tech.
Hope - loved your post. A bunch of us at dinner last night came to same conclusion - no real downside. I do wonder, though, how hard it'll be to leave the new little one & head to the office...!
Posted by Angus Burnside, a resident of the Esther Clark Park neighborhood, on Jul 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm
Wally--it would have been a story no matter who was appointed as CEO of Yahoo--you know that. It is just that you and others on this thread have problems with women in high positions. You also have issues with other people---check out your "separate but equal" solution to the Boy Scout's discrimination.
Posted by Barry, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2012 at 9:25 am
She explained the 'we' reference in the thread "Obama Motor Company" or whatever it's titled.
She did it in a post last night trying to defend her absurd Andrew Brietbart claim/copy/paste that another poster destroyed her on. Entertaining. Check out the posts there the last couple days where someone took all the wingnut claims from 2009 and created a "Greatest Miss" list.