Marissa Mayer is a business leader, computer programmer and engineer.
Marissa joined Google in 1999 as employee number 20 and was the company’s first female engineer. During her 13 years with the company, she was an engineer, designer, product manager and executive. Marissa held key roles for example in Google Search, Google Images and Google News. She also oversaw the layout of Google’s well-known, unadorned search homepage. In her final years with Google, she was Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services and, before that, vice president of search products and user experience.
In 2012 Marissa was appointed President and CEO of Yahoo!, effective the following day. She is also a member of the company’s board of directors. In 2013, Marissa led Yahoo! to acquire Tumblr. The acquisition was just one in a series of major purchases that occurred since Mayer became the CEO of the company.
Marissa has gained plenty of recognition. She was named for example to Fortune magazine’s annual list of America’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 with ranks at 50, 44, 42, 38, 14 and 8. In 2008, at age 33, she was the youngest woman ever listed. She was listed in Forbes Magazine’s List of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2012 and 2013, with ranks of 20 and 32.