Mayer’s hiring, though, may help reshape the largely negative perceptions of Yahoo on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley. Her track record at Google and her intellect gives her credibility in Silicon Valley, where Yahoo’s Sunnyvale, Calif. headquarters are located. She specialized in artificial intelligence while getting her master’s degree at Stanford University in 1999 and is conversant in the arcane vernacular of computer coders.
As she tries to nurture Yahoo, Mayer will be taking on a huge challenge that figures to test her ability to find the right balance between her job and home life. Shortly after the news broke about her move to Yahoo, Mayer announced she is pregnant. The baby boy’s due date is in early October, just before Yahoo will be reporting how it fared under Mayer’s leadership.