Tech Look Ahead: Yahoo Names New CEO

Audie Cornish looks ahead to the week's tech news with Laura Sydell. They discuss the new Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer.

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CORNISH: Yahoo has a new CEO. In a move that surprised many Silicon Valley watchers, Marissa Mayer, a vice president of Google, is taking the helm. NPR's Laura Sydell joins me now to talk about it. And, Laura, who is Marissa Mayer?

LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: Well, she's often been very much in the public because she was one of Google's first 20 employees and its first female engineer. She's responsible for the look and the feel of many of Google's products, including its unadorned white homepage, Gmail, Google News and Google Images. Most recently, she has been a vice president, and she's been in charge of its location and local services, and that includes Google Maps.

CORNISH: So, Laura, why do you think Yahoo went after her?

SYDELL: Well, Yahoo has been struggling. Its shares have fallen 41 percent in five years. And Mayer brings her engineering background to the company, and there are a lot of people who say what is hurting Yahoo is that it isn't giving users a good experience. Mayer has a track record of creating excellent user experiences at Google.

CORNISH: So the real question would be why would Mayer take on the job of running this struggling company?

SYDELL: Good question. Well, I think she might not have been that happy with recent rearrangements at the top at Google, and so she's probably been looking for new opportunities. And this is a chance to run a company. And if she can turn it around, that is huge. And this will make her one of the most powerful women in tech.

CORNISH: NPR's Laura Sydell. Thanks, Laura.

SYDELL: You're welcome.

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