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Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s new CEO, is pregnant.Mayer has confirmed the news to Fortune, telling the magazine that she’s due to give birth in October.
Mayer first learned she was pregnant in January. In mid-June, Yahoo’s headhunters called Mayer to ask if she was interested in becoming CEO. She disclosed her condition to Yahoo’s board. None expressed any issues.
That’s a huge step forward for corporate America. In 1992, Lawrence Perlman, then the CEO of IT services firm Ceridian, gave a speech asking, “A Pregnant CEO: In Whose Lifetime?”
In ours, that’s whose.
Mayer’s planning to take a maternity leave of a few weeks and work throughout. That’s in character for the famously workaholic executive.
Mayer’s husband, Zack Bogue, is a venture capitalist who invests in big-data startups.
One note: Mayer is exceptionally good at keeping secrets.
We asked Mayer directly about her pregnancy last week by email. She didn’t reply. We asked a number of sources who either expressed total ignorance or utter surprise. One typical reaction: “No way!”
And watch below to find out what lies ahead for Yahoo and Marissa Mayer:
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