Marissa Mayer

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Marissa Ann Mayer (born  May 30,  1975 in Wausau , Wisconsin ) is an American computer scientist and manager based in Palo Alto , California . From July 2012 to June 2017 she was CEO and President of Yahoo . Before that, she was Vice President at Google Inc. Marissa Mayer was known as the “public face” of Google. In 2008, the US business magazine Fortune named her for the first time - and at the time the youngest - one of the 50 most powerful women worldwide. Newsweek In 2009 she was one of the “10 Tech Leaders of the future”.


Mayer studied computer science at Stanford University and worked in Switzerland for the Research Lab at UBS and in Menlo Park (USA) for SRI International . She started at Google in early 1999 as the first technician and, among other things, led the team responsible for the web server. She was the 20th employee at Google.

Mayer determined the design of the Google main page and the search. She played a key role in the design of Google News , Gmail and Orkut . She later held the position of Product Manager for Google Search Products and the rank of Vice President. Mayer, referred to by Newsweek as the tsarina for product launches, was responsible for all of Google's new products, so the Los Angeles Times attested that no one else has as much influence on how people experience the Internet. From the end of 2010 she was responsible for location-based and local services.

In addition to her work at Google, Mayer gave introductory programming courses at Stanford University . She received the Centennial Teaching Award and the Forsythe Award for her commitment there . The Illinois Institute of Technology awarded her an honorary doctorate in programming in 2009 .

On July 16, 2012, Mayer was named Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo! She announced her pregnancy that same day. This was known to the Yahoo supervisory board, but the circumstance was not specifically discussed when she was appointed. The abolition of the home office at Yahoo in 2013 caused media coverage. Her salary for the first half year at Yahoo was nearly $ 37 million. In the summer of 2016, Mayer agreed to sell Yahoo's web business to Verizon Communications . After the transaction was completed in summer 2017, Mayer left the company. She received a $ 3 million severance payment and a share package valued at approximately $ 20 million.


Mayer, who married Zachary Bogue after a long relationship with Google founder Larry Page , gave birth to their first child, a boy, in late September 2012, and twins, two girls, in December 2015. Her personal wealth was estimated at $ 300 million in 2012.


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