Yahoo went to rival Google for its next chief executive, making a choice that surprised and excited Silicon Valley.
The struggling Web pioneer named Marissa Mayer, one of Google's top execs, as its next CEO, ending a hunt that began after Scott Thompson was forced out in May for padding his resume. Ross Levinsohn, who has been the interim CEO, had been considered the top candidate for the job.
Beyond the two company co-founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, perhaps no other executive better symbolized the new breed of brilliant young technologists in charge at Google than Mayer. The first female engineer and 20th employee overall hired by the then-upstart search company, Mayer rapidly distinguished herself at Google, both as the executive in charge of search products and user experience, and later as VP of local, maps and localization services.
On the same day Yahoo tapped Mayer as its next CEO, she announced on Twitter that she is pregnant, expecting a son in October. Mayer, 37, told Fortune that she revealed her pregnancy to Yahoo's board of directors late last month and that none of the directors raised any concerns. "They showed their evolved thinking," she said.
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