Is Marissa Mayer really leaving Google?

Fri 2 January 2009 08:03, Bas van den Beld

Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Product and User Experience of Google, might be leaving Google in 2009. At least, that is if the rumor is true. Some Googlers were overheard a conversation at a party in which Mayer's upcoming departure was discussed.

The discussion was, according to valleywag, about 'if' she was going to leave, not about when, but apparently she will be leaving in 2009. Google has not yet responded to these rumors, so for now they could be true.

Is Marissa Mayer really leaving Google?

Mayer, who has been with Google from 1999 when she was employee no 19, recently attended LeWeb in Paris where she talked with Michael Arrington about several subjects. Unfortunately her own position at Google was not one of them. Arrington did however emphasize more than once that there were some subjects he was not allowed to talk about. With this rumor out now, you might think this could be one of those subjects.

If Mayer is actually leaving Google it will mean one of the 'faces' of Google is leaving. Mayer has been one of the most prominent spokespersons of Google.

Mayer, who is only in her early thirties, will have no problem keeping busy until her retirement. No doubt she will getting a lot of job offerings (think of all the different VC's wanting her to run their companies) and is currently teaching at Stanford. However, for all we know she could just as well be staying at Google for all we know. We'll have to wait and see if this rumor is true.

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