(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Hoping to revitalize itself in a period increasingly dominated by the likes of Google and Facebook, internet search giant Yahoo! announced its latest chief executive on Monday.
37-year old former Google employee Marissa Mayer assumed the position today, bringing with her a variety of experience that includes management work on popular Google services including Gmail, Google News and more.
“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,” commented Mayer in a press release.
Mayer’s work at Google began in 1999. Last year, she notably interviewed pop artist Lady Gaga during a company event. A CNN report noted that the nickname “Googirl” was coined by others to describe Mayer during her 13-year stint at Google.
The new Yahoo CEO attended Stanford University, earning her M.S. in Computer Science. She holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from the same institution. Mayer’s new spot at Yahoo! isn’t the only big development in her life. Mayer also recently acknowledged that she’s expecting her first child.
“Yahoo finally has someone who has both business acumen and geek cred at the helm,” commented venture capitalist Chris Sacca in a news story from the New York Times. “She stands for a work hard/play hard, product- and engineering-driven culture, and Yahoo has been missing that for years,” Sacca’s statement continued in the New York Times report.
The company had a tumultuously short run under previous CEO Scott Thompson who left his position in May amid controversy regarding possibly falsified information on his resume along with a cancer diagnosis. Yahoo! has struggled to compete with the likes of competitor Google in recent years. However, services including Yahoo! Mail and News remain popular web presences.