3conversations about female giants of the industry. The business elites are closely monitoring her to see how she will lead the troubled internet behemoth Yahoo! as she faces numerouschallenges in her new role of high chief executive turnover and lack of an effective businessmodel.
Marissa Mayer, Early Career
Mayer's initial introduction to Google was decidedly momentous. She recalls a recruitingemail arrived from a small search engine company. "I remember I’d told myself,' New emailsfrom recruiters — just hit delete.'" She did not because she had heard about Google from one of her professors. Also, her own studies focused on the same areas Google wanted to explore. Sheinterviewed with Google even though she had already received job offers from Oracle, CarnegieMellon and McKinsey. Google had seven male engineer employees. Understanding that better gender equality would make for a more robust organization, Google extended Mayer an offer to join their organization. Mayer joined Google in June 1999 as the first female engineer and 20themployee. She went on to create the design of Google's interface search engine and oversee theadvancement, coding, and launch of Gmail, Google Maps, iGoogle, Google Chrome, and Google News. She profoundly influenced Google’s successes such as Google Earth, Books, Images andmore. In addition, Mayer created Google Doodle, occasionally transforming the homepage’slogo into distinctive designs, celebrating memorable events, holidays and/or influential personsaround the world. In 2010, Mayer was named Vice President of Google’s locations and servicegroup. The location and service group included more than 1,000 product managers responsiblefor managing Google local, street view and numerous other products. Throughout her thirteenyears tenure, she led the product management effort, during which Google search evolved fromhundreds of thousands to over a billion searches daily.