CEO Mayer talks logos; and her happiness at Yahoo

Exec spreads credit for early success; talks of surge in interest in working at the Internet company

In wide ranging discussion Wednesday, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer talked about the company's not-so-popular new logo, the status of her turnaround efforts and whether she's happier at Yahoo than she was at Google.

Mayer, at Yahoo's helm for a little more than a year, fielded questions from TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington during a fireside chat at the Disrupt conference in San Francisco late Wednesday.

When Arrington pointed out that Yahoo's stock price has nearly doubled since she came on board, Mayer said her team and others deserve much of the credit.

"There are certainly some very smart investments that I owe my predecessors for," she said. "It's a chain reaction of things ... hiring the right people, having the right products, increasing traffic and revenue. You have to get the right people there before you can do the right products."

Finding interest from the right people hasn't been a problem, she said, noting the many resumes Yahoo has been culling through.

According to Mayer, the company gets 12,000 resumes a week, up by a factor of five or six from earlier years. Attrition, she added, is down markedly.

While Yahoo has been making gains, its CEO said a full turnaround could take a few years. She's confident, however, that they're headed in the right direction.

"I've been very, very happy with the team I joined and we're hiring more people all the time," she noted, including former Yahoo employees.

In the first quarter of this year, 14% of hires were former Yahoo employees. In the second quarter it was 10%.

"I love hard work," she said. "I love Google. If you had told me that I'd be as happy anywhere else, I wouldn't have believed it. And I am as happy or happier at Yahoo than I was there. It's challenging but I'm inspired."

Mayer also defended the recent changes made to the company's well-known logo. The move has had its share of detractors.

"I like the way the logo turned out and I like the way we did it," Mayer said. "We're a big established company and we need to be really entrepreneurial. We need to be really scrappy. We did it from a very authentic place."

She also pointed out that the company's logo hadn't changed in 18 years. "Eight-seven percent of our employees wanted something different. Our customers said the logo seemed clunky. Most logos get changed a little bit all the time. From now on we're just going to do small iterations over time," she said.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin, or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed . Her email address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.

Read more about it leadership in Computerworld's IT Leadership Topic Center.

Join the CMO newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Supporting Association

Blog Posts

Is your content marketing missing the mark?

Does it ever seem like the content you create falls flat on its face or that the leads you’re generating aren’t worth following up?

Dan Ratner

managing director, uberbrand

​ Creating a purpose-driven brand

So you want to be a brand with purpose. But what does it actually mean to build a brand with real meaning?

Paul Chappell

Partner and managing director, Brand + Story

Customer experience crisis: Proactively mitigating the risk of broken promises

Last Friday, three weeks after United Airline’s spectacular customer experience disaster, customers received a letter from the company’s CEO, Oscar Munoz.

Very rarely have I come across views so true. There are so many gems in this article, reflective of reality, onec can read it again and a...

Shyam Mishra

ANZ digital chief: Tackle the ‘frozen middle’ of your organisation or face irrelevancy

Read more

STOP STEALING BUISNESS CLASS TOILETS from A380, new 787's and A330's!!!!Thats what you call customer experience ONE toilet for all Busine...

Joe

Qantas CMO: What it's taking to evolve our customer experience

Read more

Dare i suggest that a "CEO" role in a peak industry body like Think Brink is not really much of a leap from CMO because it is also a mark...

Sventana

CMO to CEO: Think Brick chief reveals what it takes to make the jump

Read more

Grate post, thanks for the post.No matter what your business is, if you do no not rank among the top most search results of Google, Yahoo...

Rahul

Image intelligence:10 must-see infographics for marketers

Read more

Thank you Shane Blandford for carrying my Smarketing vision into KM !

Peter Strohkorb

​CMO Interview: Why aligning sales and marketing drives innovation at Konica Minolta

Read more

Latest Podcast

More podcasts

Sign in