Marissa Mayer became CEO of Yahoo nearly a year ago and has quickly moved to reshape the storied Internet company’s culture and bring in new talent. Starting out, she hired a strong new management team, had a child(!) and altered workplace practices. More recently, she’s been making a huge acquisition push, buying Tumblr for more than $1 billion along with a broad range of other startups, including but not limited to Stamped, Qwiki, Astrid, Ghostbird Software, Summly, and, most recently, Xobni.
What’s the big strategy behind all these moves? You’ll get to hear about it directly from her when she comes onstage for an interview at Disrupt San Francisco this September.
Tickets are on sale now, and with our extra early-bird discount going until July 15.
Mayer will be joining a top list of industry leaders. We’ve already announced Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and distinguished investor Doug Leone, and we have lots more to come.
The conference starts September 7 and runs until the 11 at our favorite location, the San Francisco Design Concourse. Stay tuned for more speaker announcements and a few surprises to be announced soon.
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Marissa Mayer is CEO of Yahoo.
Previously as a VP at Google, Marissa Mayer lead the product management and engineering efforts of Google’s local, mobile, and contextual discovery products including Google Maps, Google Maps for Mobile, Local Search, Google Earth, Street View, Latitude and more. At 36 years old, she was also the youngest member of Google’s executive operating committee. During her 12 years at Google, Marissa led product management and design efforts for Google web search, images, news, books, products, toolbar, and iGoogle. She started at Google in 1999 as Google’s 20th employee and first woman engineer.
Marissa’s contributions and leadership have been recognized by numerous publications including the New York Times, Newsweek and BusinessWeek. Fortune magazine has listed her for the past 3 years on their annual Most Powerful Women’s list, and she was the youngest ever to appear on the list. In 2010 Marissa was honored by the New York Women in Communications, Inc. with a Matrix Award. She also been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine. Marissa serves on the board of various non-profits, including the Smithsonian National Design Museum, the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Prior to joining Google, Mayer worked at the UBS research lab (Ubilab) in Zurich, Switzerland, and at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. Marissa received her B.S. in Symbolic Systems and her M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University. For both degrees, she specialized in artificial intelligence.