Google’s employee number 20 and the first female employee, Marissa Mayer, has quit Google to join Yahoo as its latest CEO and president. Mayer resigned from Google today via telephone and joins Yahoo tomorrow, indicating she was already in a transition period. She was approached by Yahoo in June for the top job, NYT reports. Also Read - Ex-Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer 'can’t wait to use Gmail' once again, but won't give up on Yahoo Mail as well
Mayer, who was among the few in Google CEO Larry Page’s close circle of senior executives and has worked on the most crucial Google products starting with its search homepage, Gmail, Google News and Google Images. Her last assignment at Google was to head the company’s local and location services including Google Maps. Also Read - Yahoo and AOL to come together to form a company called 'Oath'
However, it seems there was no more growth opportunities left for Mayer at Google, which would have prompted this move. Yahoo is a rival to Google and has seen its fortunes decline in recent years with its continued leadership crisis and failure to recognize upcoming trends and user behaviors. Yahoo failed to recognize the trend of online social networks like Facebook and its search traffic also fell immensely behind. Yahoo eventually tied up with Microsoft for search. Also Read - Yahoo to be renamed ‘Altaba’; CEO Marissa Mayer to step down
Things haven’t been great at Yahoo but it would be hoping Mayer would turn things around for them.
UPDATE: We have the Yahoo press release announcing Marissa Mayer’s appointment as CEO
Yahoo! Appoints Marissa Mayer Chief Executive Officer
SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO) today announced that it has appointed Marissa Mayer as President and Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors effective July 17, 2012. The appointment of Ms. Mayer, a leading consumer internet executive, signals a renewed focus on product innovation to drive user experience and advertising revenue for one of the world’s largest consumer internet brands, whose leading properties include Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Sports, Yahoo! Mobile, Yahoo! Mail, and Yahoo! Search.
Mayer said, “I am honored and delighted to lead Yahoo!, one of the internet’s premier destinations for more than 700 million users. I look forward to working with the Company’s dedicated employees to bring innovative products, content, and personalized experiences to users and advertisers all around the world.”
Most recently, Mayer was responsible for Local, Maps, and Location Services for Google, the company’s suite of local and geographical products including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View, and local search, for desktop and mobile. Mayer joined Google in 1999 as its 20th employee and led efforts for many of Google’s most recognizable products, including the development of its flagship search product and iconic homepage for over 10 years. Mayer managed some of Google’s most successful innovations, launching more than 100 features and products including image, book and product search, toolbar, iGoogle, Google News, and Gmail — creating much of the “look and feel” of the Google user experience.
Yahoo! Co-Founder David Filo said, “Marissa is a well-known, visionary leader in user experience and product design and one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting strategists in technology development. I look forward to working with her to enhance Yahoo’s product offerings for our over 700 million unique monthly visitors.”
“The Board of Directors unanimously agreed that Marissa’s unparalleled track record in technology, design, and product execution makes her the right leader for Yahoo! at this time of enormous opportunity,” said Fred Amoroso, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Mayer received her B.S. in Symbolic Systems and her M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, specializing in artificial intelligence for both degrees. She is credited as an inventor on several patents in artificial intelligence and interface design.
“Yahoo!’s products will continue to enhance our partnerships with advertisers, technology and media companies, while inspiring and delighting our users. There is a lot to do and I can’t wait to get started,” Mayer said.