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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

New Yahoo CEO is pregnant



marissa_mayer__2007.jpgOne of the most surprising twists to the already high-profile story that Marissa Mayer, the Google executive who yesterday was named Yahoo's new chief executive, is pregnant. The child is due October 7. It's a boy! She said she plans to keep on top of things during a short maternity leave of about three weeks.

This feels like some sort of landmark for working moms to see her take on such a high-powered job that is a serious challenge while pregnant. I know of so many women who are in the job search and are afraid to admit they want to get pregnant soon or who start a new job and panic when they find out they are pregnant.

Mayer, 37, is a rock star in Silicon Valley. She was Google's 20th employee and its first female engineer, ascending to her most recent post as vice president in charge of local and location services over a 13-year career. That job included overseeing Google Maps, Google Earth and Zagat, a 2011 acquisition that she engineered.

As this Fortune story reports:

Mayer first disclosed to the Yahoo board that she is pregnant in late June, in a meeting with Michael Wolf, a member of the board's four-person CEO search committee. A meeting with the search committee followed, and then Mayer met with the full board last Wednesday. None of the Yahoo directors, she says, revealed any concern about hiring a pregnant chief executive. "They showed their evolved thinking," says Mayer, who got the phone call last Thursday that she was the board's choice to be CEO.

Can we get to a point that women no longer need to feel guilty or like bad employees by getting pregnant?

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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[Last modified: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:13am]


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