Marissa Mayer , Google executive and the first female engineer to work for the company, is set to become the new CEO of Yahoo. Mayer is to take up the post from 17 July (later today, in South African terms) but the remarkable thing is that there was no indication, either from Google or Yahoo, that she was a candidate for the position.
Mayer said in a statement, “I am honoured 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.”
Mayer, who has a degree in artificial intelligence, has previously been responsible for Google’s search arm and followed that up with a vice president’s position in the company’s Maps division. But as impressive as her achievements are, Mayer has her work cut out for her. Yahoo has chewed through five CEOs in the past two years, the latest being Scott Thompson, and it is hoped that Mayer will “…enhance Yahoo’s product offerings for our over 700 million unique monthly visitors”, according to Yahoo co-founder David Filo.