Vice president of geographic and local services, Google
If you’ve used any of Google’s most popular services—Search, Gmail, Maps, Earth, iGoogle—then you mostly have Marissa Mayer to thank for the clean and eminently usable user interface. One of Google’s first 20 employees and the first female engineer hired by the company, Mayer has been key to Google’s success almost from the very beginning. Since 2006 she’s been a highly visible spokesperson for the company, and until October of last year she held the title of vice president of search products and user experience. Now she oversees geographic and local services and holds a seat on Google’s operating committee/executive management group. There’s a lot to juggle in this area, but of course mobile search and contextual discovery (“search without search,” as Mayer identifies it) will be a major focus.
Mayer is the youngest person ever to make Fortune’s list of Top 50 Most Powerful Women in the World.
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