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Marissa Mayer named Yahoo! CEO

The longtime Google executive says product offerings from Yahoo! will "continue to enhance our partnerships with advertisers, technology and media companies, while inspiring and delighting our users."
July 17, 2012

Internet giant Yahoo! has named Marissa Mayer, a longtime Google executive, as its new president and CEO.

Mayer joined Google as its first female engineer and 20th employee in 1999 and was involved in the development of many of its products, including its sparse yet iconic homepage. Most recently, she was responsible for Google’s Local, Maps, and Location Services, which include Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View, and local search, for desktop and mobile.

“Marissa is a well-known, visionary leader in user experience and product design and one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting strategists in technology development,” said Yahoo! co-founder David Filo in a statement. “I look forward to working with her to enhance Yahoo’s product offerings for our over 700 million unique monthly visitors.”

“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,” said Mayer.

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

Yahoo! Screen, the company’s online video content portal, features assorted unscripted series including Morgan Spurlock’s Failure Club, and is today debuting Electric City, an animated series from Tom Hanks’ production company, Playtone.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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