Marissa Mayer jumps from Google VP to Yahoo CEO

Andrew Ross Sorkin and Evelyn M. Rusli for the New York Times:

Marissa Mayer, one of the top executives at Google, will be the next C.E.O. of Yahoo, making her one of the most prominent women in Silicon Valley and corporate America.

The appointment of Ms. 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.

Yahoo’s previous CEO, Scott Thompson, resigned in May after a shareholder showed that he’d lied about his academic credentials. That CEO office has had a lot of turnover in the past decade, though, so Mayer certainly has her work cut out for her.