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Newly Appointed Yahoo! CEO Confirms She's Pregnant

Marissa Mayer, the Google executive named CEO and President of Yahoo!, has announced that she is pregnant. Speaking exclusively to CNN, Mayer confirmed that she and her husband are expecting their first child, a boy, in October. Mayer told CNN's Fortune that she found out she was pregnant in January and is due on October 7. She said that she got "the call" from Yahoo! on Monday, June 18 and first disclosed her pregnancy to the Yahoo! board in late June, during a a meeting with Michael Wolf, a member of the board's CEO search committee. Meetings with the rest of the board followed and Mayer said the board didn't show concern about hiring a pregnant CEO. "They showed their evolved thinking," she told Fortune.

Mayer quit her job with Google on Monday after joining the company in the late 90's. She was among the company's first 20 employees, and its very first female engineer. Since then, she's gone from Product Manger, to Director of Consumer Web Services, to VP of Search Products & User Experience, to VP of Local, Maps & Location Services. After 13 years at Mountain View, today she'll make her way to Yahoo!'s HQ in Sunnyvale for her first day on the job.

During her time at Google, Mayer managed some of Google's most successful innovations, launching more than 100 features and products, including image, book and product search, toolbar, iGoogle, Google News, and Gmail — creating much of the "look and feel" of the Google user experience. She received her B.S. in Symbolic Systems and her M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, specializing in artificial intelligence for both degrees.

For the last four years, Fortune has named her one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. She was first included at the age 33 and was the youngest woman to ever appear on the list.

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  • whiteodian
    Good looking lady!
  • jibbs
    and this is tech news why????
  • jellico
    This woman is probably yahoo's last, best hope for becoming a relevant search engine. She did a lot of great things at Google. It'll be really interesting to see what she does with yahoo.
  • LightningStryk17
    Why is this news, millions of people get pregnant every day but I don't see stories about them everywhere. And also what does this have to do with tech or hardware?... I wish I didn't click this story
  • kniped
    Who cares?
  • captaincharisma
    LOL i guess she left google because they denied her maternity leave
  • bison88
    The bond between Google and Yahoo is now complete.
  • KidABear
    lol@the chauvinists asking "Why do we care?" Well, let's see: She was just hired as CEO of Yahoo! after leaving the upper echelon of Google... Some pretty important positions she has held, yeah? Do you know what happens when women are pregnant? They take maternity leave. You know what happens when a CEO is on maternity leave? Someone fills in. Therefore, she has ____ months before leaving for a significant amount of time.

    So yeah, I'd say it's pretty important and definitely newsworthy.
  • house70
    captaincharismaLOL i guess she left google because they denied her maternity leaveLOL... like that will ever happen. Esp. at Google, where they're known for pampering their regular employees, let alone CEOs.
    She left Google because she was offered a fatter paycheck and/or lighter hours. Yahoo isn't even half as busy as Google nowadays.
    Anyhow, the fact that she is/was pregnant at the moment of firing had nothing to do with the hiring process itself. They didn't "hunt" her for her reproductive abilities.
  • bdizzle11
    I realize this may seem like irrelevant or unecessary news but in reality it's not. Information pertaining to companies like Google or Yahoo is important and that's what Toms covers. My first thoughts were about how this would effect her dedication to the company and got me questioning the wisdom of hiring her right before she is about to have a kid. These things will affect the company, stock holders, and consumers.
    So in effect: there are many people that "care"