Marissa Mayer has on Monday been named the new CEO of Yahoo! Inc., over a phone call. Mayer has been pregnant with her baby boy since January and is expecting the child with her lawyer husband in October.
She served as an executive at the giant search site for over a decade and led many innovative ideas while working at Google (Nasdaq GOOG).
In an exclusive interview with Fortune, Mayer disclosed that her first child will be born on 7th of October.
“He’s super-active,” Mayer told Patricia Sellers of Fortune in a phone call on 16th July, three hours after Yahoo announced her appointment. “He moves around a lot. My doctor says that he takes after his parents.”
In a career that spanned over 13 years after joining in 1999, she was Google’s 20th employee and also its first female engineer. She soon became one of the public faces of Google.
While at Google, she oversaw some of Google’s most brilliant services which included Google Earth and Zagat (which Google acquired in 2011 with Mayer engineering it), Google Maps, Google books and products, Google doodle and many more.
Marissa Mayer has been named by Fortune as one of 50 most influential women in the world in 2009 and was the youngest woman to be in the list at age 35.
While Marissa tweeted a couple of hours earlier that she is pregnant, Yahoo! has confirmed that that is not going to affect her position as its new CEO.
“This is a big day in both Internet history and Yahoo! history, and it will be interesting to watch someone with serious experience in making consumer products whip a company into shape. Yes, even if it’s Yahoo!” says Rahul Banker of Skotgat.com