She's Feeling Lucky

Why mother-to-be Marissa Mayer is a smart pick to reinvent a laboring Yahoo

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Marissa Mayer of Google speaks at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2012 day 3 at Pier 94 on May 22, 2012 in New York City.

Silicon Valley likes leaders with star power, and they don't come any bigger than Marissa Mayer, the newly anointed head of Yahoo. Her rsum is surely the template for a postmodern, information-age celebrity CEO: Stanford artificial-intelligence degree, employee No. 20 at Google, developer of the iconic white search page, user-experience guru, stunning blond designer-clothes-wearing mother-to-be.

That last bit is getting all the attention, since Mayer revealed right after announcing her move to Yahoo that she's expecting a baby boy (due in October). Not only is the 37-year-old computer engineer the youngest by far of the 20 women who run Fortune 500...

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