Marissa Mayer holds a Bachelor degree in symbolic systems from the Stanford University and a Master degree in computer science. In 2009, she obtained a doctorate degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Mayer started her career path in 1999, when she joined Google as an engineer. She stayed 13 years with the company and grew through the ranks from an engineer, designer, product manager to an executive. Mayer held key positions in different Google services department, such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Images, Google Maps and many others. She was also responsible for Google search homepage layout. Finally, she was appointed as a Vice President of search products and user experience and later, as a Vice President of Google Maps and Location Services.
On July 16, 2012, Mayer joined Yahoo! as a President and CEO of the company. Mayer initiated a restructuring of internal processes at the company, abolishing all remote working positions and introducing a new performance review system, as well as an internal online complaint management system (PB&J).
Under Mayer, Yahoo! undertook several large acquisitions, such as Tumblr and Flurry. In September 2013, the stock price of Yahoo! had increased twofold over the 14 months since Mayer’s appointment.
In 2013, Mayer ranked 32 in the Forbes Magazine's List of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women. The same year, she became the first woman listed as number one on Fortune magazine's annual list of the top 40 business stars under 40 years old. In 2014, she appeared again as one of the 100 most influential women in the world.