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Yahoo honeymoon hits reality for Internet sweetheart Marissa Mayer

Published on Jan 18, 2014 10:20 AM
 
Yahoo president and chief executive Marissa Mayer delivers a keynote address at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show at The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan 7, 2014. The axeing this week of Yahoo's second-in-command sent a signal that reality is setting in for Mayer, who leads the struggling Internet pioneer. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - The axeing this week of Yahoo's second-in-command sent a signal that reality is setting in for Silicon Valley sweetheart Marissa Mayer, who leads the struggling Internet pioneer.

Hearts soared when Ms Mayer was wooed away from rival Google in July of 2012 to become the seventh chief of Yahoo in five years.

The cultured, stylish and smart veteran engineer promised to bring some of the Internet giant's money-making magic with her in the move from the Googleplex in Mountain View to the Yahoo campus in Sunnyvale.

While Ms Mayer had become a high-ranking Google executive, the Yahoo post was her first time as chief executive.

 
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