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.