Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is on the cover of September’s issue of Vogue magazine. On the cover, Mayer is wearing a blue Michael Kors dress and St. Laurent shoes. The tablet in her hand shows her face in close up. Mayer has been the subject of articles in magazines such as Time, Glamour and Forbes.
Yahoo! Finance Senior Editor Mike Santoli commented on the media’s continuing interest in Mayer, “I think it’s thrust out there, people are interested in somebody her age going from Google and taking over, you know, this company that really had been kind of set aside for a while.”
Marissa Mayer became Yahoo! CEO in July of 2012. She is also a member of the company’s board of directors. Under her leadership, Yahoo’s stock prices have increased by 60 percent. In February Mayer gave birth to a baby boy and returned to work a month later, building a nursery right next to her office so that her baby could go to work with her.
Mayer courted controversy when she ended the company’s telecommuting policy, mandating that all remote workers transition to positions at the company’s offices in the Silicon Valley. Mayer mentions the reasons behind her decisions in her interview with Vogue, “She says she never meant it as some grand statement, just as a measure to increase efficiency and productivity. “She also adds that for some at the company, working at home meant hardly working. Mayer mentions that teams are happier now that some members don’t have to teleconference in for meetings.
In April Mayer was lauded for expanding Yahoo’s maternity leave to include more time and a cash bonus.
Mayer was the impetus behind Yahoo’s recent decision to acquire Tumblr for 1.1 Billion dollars. Marissa Mayer was recently ranked 34th on Forbes list of the 100 Most Powerful Women. Other woman on the list included Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Queen Elizabeth II, and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
Mayer was interviewed for Vogue by Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief of the Slate Group, who remarks that the piece often examines her fashion choices, “Since this is Vogue, it hits her fashion chops rather early in the story. . .”(S)he is an unusually stylish geek. The day we had that conversation in her white, glossy, minimally appointed office in Sunnyvale, California, she was wearing a red Michael Kors dress with a gold belt and a brown Oscar de la Renta cardigan. This cashmere bolero is her work uniform—she has the same one in ivory, navy, black, hot pink, teal, red, and royal blue, and adds new colors every season.”
Marissa Mayer joined Google in 1999 as their 20th employee and their first female engineer. Although she began as an engineer, during her 13 year stint with Google she was also a designer, a product manager and an executive. She was instrumental creating the very successful advertising program, Google AdSense as well as a host of other products such as iGoogle and Gmail.
By Karen Walcott