The Impressive Career Of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer in Vogue

This is part of our series on The Sexiest CEOs Alive. 

After spending 13 years at Google as the company’s first female engineer, Marissa Mayer moved on to become Yahoo’s new CEO. 

At age 37, she’s had an impressive career and amassed a fortune of around $300 million.

Here’s the work and life experience that made Yahoo decide to put its life in Mayer’s hands.

Marissa Mayer was always smart. She was accepted into every college she applied to—about 10 schools.

Ultimately, Mayer chose Stanford. She graduated with a BS in Symbolic Systems in 1997 and got her masters there in Computer Science. She specialised in artificial intelligence.

As a fun aside, she used to attend science camp as a teenager.

At Stanford, she taught computer programming and worked for a UBS research lab in Zurich.

Mayer began her career working for a UBS research lab in Zurich, Switzerland and at SRI International in Menlo Park, California.

She also taught computer programming at Stanford and received on honorary doctorate in engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2008.

When Mayer graduated from Stanford, she received 14 job offers.

She accepted an offer from Google and joined as the startup's 20th employee.

Mayer joined Google in June 1999 as a software engineer.

She helped design the look and feel of the homepage and founded Google's Associate Product Manager program.

When Google went public, Mayer made a fortune.

Mayer's net worth is about $300 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

She married real estate investment manager Zack Bogue in 2009 at a three-day, star-studded affair.

The Killers played for guests the night before her wedding.

Mayer worked at Google for 13 years in a number of different roles.

During her career at Google, Mayer was an engineer, designer, product manager, and executive, and launched more than 100 well-known features and products, according to Yahoo PR.

Most recently, she was Google's Vice President, Local, Maps & Location Services.

She was also in charge of some of Google's acquisitions. She struck up talks with Zagat, for example.

In addition to her work for Google, Mayer also serves on Wal-Mart's board of directors.

She was appointed to the position in June 2012.

Marissa is also an active angel investor.

Mayer has put money into a handful of startups including uBeam, Brit Media, Square, Minted, Airtime, and One Kings Lane.

In July she was announced as the new CEO of Yahoo.

On July 16, 2012, Mayer resigned from Google and started at Yahoo the very next day. Mayer has her work cut out for her at the fledgling tech company.

'I am honored and delighted to lead Yahoo, one of the Internet's premier destinations for more than 700 million users,' Mayer said in a press release. 'I look forward to working with the Company's dedicated employees to bring innovative products, content, and personalised experiences to users and advertisers all around the world.'

Fun bonus: Marissa just had a baby. She's helping prove you can have a successful career and family life at the same time.

Mayer gave birth to a baby boy on October 1st. Mayer's husband Zack made the announcement over Twitter.

She disclosed her pregnancy to Yahoo when its headhunters contacted her in June about the CEO position. She says no one on the board expressed an issue with her condition.

Which is awesome. In 1992, Lawrence Perlman, then the CEO of IT services firm Ceridian, gave a speech asking, 'A Pregnant CEO: In Whose Lifetime?'

Fortunately, Perlman was very wrong.

Mayer has said that she does not plan to take a long maternity leave. She is expected to return to work soon.

Like Sheryl Sandberg, Mayer is proving you can have both a successful career and family at the same time.

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