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.”