A year and a half ago, Marissa Mayer sat down behind the desk in the President’s office at Yahoo!, as its new rightful occupant. Listed by Fortune as one of the most powerful American businesswomen of 2013, she had already “made her bones” before sitting in that chair. Forbes considered her high on the list of the 100 most powerful women in the world that same year.
As employee #20 at Google, she was the first female engineer to join Google, and her MS in computer science was put to good use. Her creative bent and forward thinking style helped quite a lot, too.
She worked her way up from engineer to VP during her 13 year stint with the company, leading the search products and user experience group and later, the local, maps and location services group. She also became a prominent spokesperson for Google, demonstrating an ability to project herself as knowledgeable, capable and reliable.
While many consider her to be quite likeable and very attractive, nobody can claim she owes her achievements to those qualities. She is, by any measure, a woman to be reckoned with. She has been granted seats on the boards of Walmart and Jawbone, as well as the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Design Museum and Cooper-Hewitt. And, of course, she chairs the Yahoo! board of directors.