Finally, finally Yahoo have appointed a new CEO after a pretty lengthy search process. So who is this new CEO – it’s Melissa Mayer, the former Google engineer who was an integral part of the success of Gmail and Google Maps and who was also their first female engineer. This is a lady who knows all about the important part design and usability plays in the success of an online brand.
Internet pundits will be waiting with bated breath to see how this new partnership pans out after Yahoo’s recent troubles with keeping CEO’s. As most of you probably already know Scott Thompson, former CEO, left the company in disgrace after the discovery that he lied on his CV. He professed to possess a Computer Science degree when in fact he had no such qualification. *Tip* If you’re going to lie on your CV for a job at one of the internet’s biggest companies, you’re going to get found out.
Mayer has said about her new position:
I am honored and delighted to lead Yahoo!, one of the internet’s premier destinations for more than 700 million users. 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.
Mayer is a true geek girl and possesses a bachelors of Science degree in Symbolic Systems and an MSc in Computer Science from the ivy league Stanford University. She specialises in artificial intelligence and is a highly accomplished inventor. She has a love of design and played a major part in the design of Google’s search interface. Yahoo will be hoping that landing such a brilliant innovator will help them to begin to compete with the might of Google and her history with their rival is going to come in pretty handy.
Yahoo! Co-Founder David Filo said,
Marissa is a well-known, visionary leader in user experience and product design and one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting strategists in technology development. I look forward to working with her to enhance Yahoo’s product offerings for our over 700 million unique monthly visitors