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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.