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Description: The Yahoo! (YHOO) board of directors was leaving nothing to chance. The Internet company is known throughout Silicon Valley as a leaky ship whose internal deliberations often turn up on blogs or in other media outlets. So when the company’s four-member chief executive search team met Google (GOOG) veteran Marissa Mayer for the first time last month, their precautions evoked a John le Carré novel. No one inside Yahoo was told, and the interview was conducted 10 miles away from headquarters in the Palo Alto offices of law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.


Date: July 18, 2012


Questions for Discussions:

  • What is Mayer’s mission, according to the report?
  • Do you think she can succeed?
  • Is her gender an important factor in this management role? Explain your thinking.

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