Published by Selby Webb
Co-founder, Editor and Head of Marketing of SuccessField
2 years ago
Marissa Mayer, the current CEO and president of Yahoo, has an estimated net worth of almost 400 million US$. The 40 year old from Wausau – Wisconsin, USA, born on May 30, 1975, is also a member of the board of directors. Former Yahoo employees criticize her toughness and call her overambitious. On the other hand, others state that working with her was like a dream coming true.
Mayer believes in Lutheranism, a form of protestant Christianity. Back in her childhood, she was known for her shyness. The American got confidence through piano and ballet classes in middle and high school. She put big effort into everything she did. This led her to become president of her high school’s Spanish club, treasurer of Key Club, captain of the debate team and captain of the Pom-Pom squad. Her persistence and dedication never faded. Later on, she graduated with a bachelor of science in computer science. In addition, she upgraded with a master of science in the same field. Both degrees were attained with a specialization in artificial intelligence. Afterwards, she then created travel recommendation software which would advise users in natural sounding human language. This project enabled her to receive an honoris causa doctorate degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2009.
Just like Steve Jobs, Marissa Mayer had an eye for detail. After graduating from Stanford, she received many job offers. McKinsey & Company wanted her in consulting. However, she chose to join Google as the 20.th employee and first female engineer of the entire company. Her words towards this opportunity were:
Shifting toward management meant greater responsibility and influence, but it also meant giving up programming day-to-day in my role, which was hard because it took me out of my comfort zone. –Marissa Mayer
Her skills helped to get her a promotion to product manager and later on director of consumer web products. In near future, she found herself in the position to chose junior employees for a two year program and upgraded to vice president of search products and user experience. While at Google, she tutored introductory computer programming at Stanford and taught students at the East Palo Alto Charter school.