Marissa Mayer, Google’s 20th employee and a 37-year-old self-proclaimed “geek,” was already one of the most respected executives in Silicon Valley. But her appointment as the new CEO of Internet giant Yahoo! instantly propels her to a whole new level: Mayer is now one of the most prominent female chief executives in the world. It’s an inspired — and inspiring — choice for Yahoo!, which desperately needs an injection of fresh energy after a series of failed CEOs and eroding esprit de corps.
On Monday, a few hours after her appointment was announced, Mayer revealed to Fortune that she is pregnant with her first child, due on October 7.
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