Yahoo got new CEO : Google's vice president Marissa Mayer
One of Tecca's 10 most influential women in tech just got a lot more so. Marissa Mayer, employee number 20 at Google and a key player in many of its products, has left the company to assume a new role as president and CEO of Yahoo.
Mayer, who this past April was nominated to the board of Wal-Mart, was approached last month about the position. Up until her departure, she had been in charge of Google Maps and location-based services, holding a seat on the company's elite operating committee along with its co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
She replaces former Yahoo head Scott Thompson, who resigned in May following a stir involving the validity of his academic credentials. Thompson was only with the company for four months, and after his departure Yahoo reportedly courted the likes of Hulu boss Jason Kilar. Mayer's name was never mentioned as a potential candidate at the time.
In her new position, Mayer ranks among a handful of female CEOs of major American tech companies, which include IBM CEO Virginia Rometty and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman.