Serv­ing as the CEO for one of world’s most suc­cess­ful tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies may seem like a dream to some, but for Marissa Mayer, it’s all in a day’s work.

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Rais­ing a fam­ily, in­ter­view­ing Lady Gaga and serv­ing as the CEO for one of the world’s most suc­cess­ful tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies may seem like a dream to some, but for Marissa Mayer, it’s all in a day’s work.

This in­flu­en­tial woman was ap­pointed pres­i­dent and CEO of Ya­hoo! in 2012. Her ap­point­ment came as a shocker to many in the busi­ness com­mu­nity, since for the past 13 years Mayer built her high pro­file ca­reer at Ya­hoo’s ri­val, Google, serv­ing as vice pres­i­dent in sev­eral ca­pac­i­ties.

In 1999, shortly af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Stam­ford Univer­sity, Mayer was hired as em­ployee num­ber 20 at Google and learned the busi­ness by work­ing as Google’s first fe­male en­gi­neer, later be­com­ing a de­signer, prod­uct man­ager and ex­ec­u­tive in a va­ri­ety of de­part­ments. She also over­saw the cre­ation of and suc­cess­fully de­fended the clean, spare look of Google’s search page.

Dur­ing her ten­ure at Google, Mayer in­ter­viewed famed singer and en­ter­tainer Lady Gaga as part of Google’s video se­ries on mu­si­cians, spend­ing more than an hour with the star. In the midst of talk­ing about her life and ca­reer, it came to light that Lady Gaga uses a lot of tech­nol­ogy. By us­ing this to cre­ate a pow­er­house ca­reer and con­nect with her fans world­wide, she has suc­cess­fully risen to be num­bered among Google’s most-searched peo­ple. Orig­i­nally recorded in 2011, this video in­ter­view went vi­ral with more than 2 mil­lion views to date.

In ad­di­tion to her high pro­file ac­com­plish­ments in the work­place – she has been on For­tune Mag­a­zine’s list of “50 Most Pow­er­ful Women in Busi­ness” since 2008 – Mayer made his­tory in 2012 by be­com­ing the youngest CEO of a For­tune 500 com­pany in the United States. Start­ing her po­si­tion at Ya­hoo! when she was ex­pect­ing a child, po­ten­tially shat­tered an­other glass ceil­ing for women ex­ec­u­tives afraid of be­ing pun­ished pro­fes­sion­ally for hav­ing a fam­ily.

Mayer is not afraid to be a vis­i­ble CEO, ei­ther. In her me­dia in­ter­views, Mayer said that hav­ing a baby and a de­mand­ing job isn’t as tough as she thought. She also spoke about the fun she is hav­ing in her new po­si­tion. Mayer re­ceived some crit­i­cism for those re­marks – they went vi­ral – as well as for tak­ing a too-short ma­ter­nity leave, go­ing back to work in a mere two weeks and work­ing from home for only a few weeks af­ter giv­ing birth. Ya­hoo! does need in­ten­sive help, how­ever, es­pe­cially af­ter sev­eral years of unin­spir­ing lead­er­ship and a mis­sion that is less than straight­for­ward or in­spir­ing.

“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 state­ment re­leased at the time of her ap­point­ment. “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.”

“Ya­hoo’s prod­ucts will con­tinue to en­hance our part­ner­ships with ad­ver­tis­ers, tech­nol­ogy and me­dia com­pa­nies, while in­spir­ing and de­light­ing our users.” Mayer said. “There is a lot to do and I can’t wait to get started.”

I am hon­ored and de­lighted to lead Ya­hoo, one of the In­ter­net’s pre­mier des­ti­na­tions for more than 700 mil­lion users.“

- Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer - Pres­i­dent and CEO of Ya­hoo

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