External vs Internal Career Equity

In 2012 Marissa Mayer left Google to become the CEO of Yahoo!, and the youngest ever CEO of a Fortune 500 public traded company (at the time. Since surpassed by Mark Zuckerburg). Some of the accomplishments at Google (summarized from Wikipedia) seem very impressive:

  • 20th employee and first female engineer
  • She oversaw the layout of Google’s search homepage.
  • She was also on the three-person team responsible for Google AdWords
  • Mayer started the Associate Product Manager (APM) program, a Google mentorship initiative to recruit new talents and cultivate them for leadership roles (Each year, Mayer selected a number of junior employees for the two-year program, where they took on extracurricular assignments and intensive evening classes)
  • In 2005, Mayer became Vice President of Search Products and User Experience [playing key roles in] Google SearchGoogle ImagesGoogle NewsGoogle MapsGoogle BooksGoogle Product SearchGoogle ToolbariGoogle, and Gmail.
  • Mayer was the vice president of Google Search Products and User Experience
  • [In 2010] she was asked by then-CEO Eric Schmidtto head the Local, Maps, and Location Services.
  • In 2011, she secured Google’s acquisition of survey site Zagatfor $125 million.

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