Some of The Biggest Tech Leaders Respond To Marissa Mayer Being Named Yahoo’s New CEO
After a 13-year career with Google, Marissa Mayer is headed to Yahoo, where she will be the company’s CEO. The news broke all over Twitter on Monday, with people appearing surprised by the move but optimistic about where the 37 year old Mayer will take the company, which has struggled to compete with Google in employing top talent, reports The New York Times. Mayer was Google’s 20th employee, and helped create some of Google’s most popular products, including Gmail and Google News. Her new position also signals a new addition to the very exclusive list of women who lead Silicon Valley’s top companies.
“I am honored and delighted to lead Yahoo!, one of the internet’s premier destinations for more than 700 million users,” Mayer’s said in a news release. “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.” Co-Founder David Filo called Mayer’s a visionary leader in user experience and product design, pegging her as, “one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting strategists in technology development.”
Mayer’s took to her verified Twitter account to announce the news. Her Twitter bio, which once said simply “@Google,” now reads “@ Yahoo!.”
I’m incredibly excited to start my new role at Yahoo! tomorrow: pressroom.yahoo.net/pr/ycorp/23655…
— marissamayer (@marissamayer) July 16, 2012
Here are some of the top tweets related to Mayer’s move. Her name as well as the term “CEO of Yahoo” were worldwide trending topics on Monday afternoon.
Great news for women… congrats to new Yahoo CEO @marissamayer!
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) July 16, 2012
— Jack Dorsey (@jack) July 16, 2012
@marissamayer Congratulations !!!
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) July 16, 2012
— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) July 16, 2012
— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) July 16, 2012
congrats & good luck @marissamayer — go kick some ass
— Dave McClure (@davemcclure) July 16, 2012
Whoa. Either Marissa Mayer didn’t have a non-compete or no one at Google thinks Yahoo qualifies as competition.
— Jim Stogdill (@jstogdill) July 16, 2012
Marissa Mayer has done more to make Yahoo relevant again in the past 15 minutes than anyone else has in the past 5 years.
— Dr. Peter J. Meyers (@dr_pete) July 16, 2012
Marissa Mayer is probably the most effective individual I’ve ever worked with. I’m really excited to see her at Yahoo’s helm.
— Kevin Fox (@kfury) July 16, 2012
Holy shit, yes! @marissamayer as CEO of Yahoo! Loved working with her at Google. If anyone can pull it off, she can.
— Chris Sacca (@sacca) July 16, 2012
Um, did Marissa Mayer google ‘yahoo’ before she took that job?
— Gerry Duggan (@GerryDuggan) July 16, 2012
— Emily Chang (@emilychangtv) July 16, 2012
But can Marissa Mayer HAVE IT ALL??!
— jessica testa (@jtes) July 16, 2012
In March, Marissa Mayer told me: “Work with the smartest people you can find.” So she’s leaving Google for Yahoo? buzzfeed.com/hillaryreinsbe…
— Hillary Reinsberg (@hreins) July 16, 2012
Yeah yeah yeah new Microsoft Office. HOLY SHIT Marissa Mayer running Yahoo.
— Aaron Levie (@levie) July 16, 2012
Marissa Mayer joining Yahoo? Bravo. It’s great seeing accomplished people take leadership positions with non-profits.
— D. Keith Casey, Jr. (@CaseySoftware) July 16, 2012
Please join me in offering Marissa Mayer condolences for accepting the CEO position at Yahoo. We thought she had such promise.
— Glenn Fleishman (@GlennF) July 16, 2012
Marissa Mayer just retroactively retired as CEO of Yahoo.
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 16, 2012