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Top Google Exec Named Yahoo CEO

Yahoo went fishing in the executive offices of rival Google for their new CEO.
The appointment of Marissa Mayer, who was employee No. 20 at Google and was one of the few public faces of the company, is considered a surprising coup for Yahoo, which has struggled in recent years to attract top flight talent in its battle with competitors like Google and Facebook. Ms. Mayer, 37, had for years been responsible for the look and feel of Google’s most popular products: the famously unadorned white search homepage, Gmail, Google News and Google Images. More recently, Ms. Mayer, an engineer by training whose first job at Google included computer programming, was put in charge of the company’s location and local services, including Google Maps, overseeing more than 1,000 product managers. She also sat on Google’s operating committee, part of a small circle of senior executives who had the ear of Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Mayer's predecessor at Yahoo resigned in May after only four months on the job when it was revealed that he'd lied about his academic credentials. Yahoo has had seven CEOs in the last dozen years.

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