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Marissa Mayer: Yahoo's new CEO takes 'having it all' to new level (+video)

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Marissa Mayer, the newly appointed chief executive officer of Yahoo, is about to become the new role model in the recent debate over whether or not women can “have it all.”

As if taking over Yahoo isn’t a big enough professional challenge (she will be the fifth CEO in one year, according to The New York Times), Mayer is taking the position knowing that she will go on maternity leave in October.

Mayer announced on Twitter, just hours after the Yahoo announcement, that she and her husband are expecting a baby boy on Oct. 7. Mayer broke the news in an interview with Fortune, saying that the baby is very active.

“He moves around a lot,” she said. “My doctor says that he takes after his parents.”

Yahoo first contacted Mayer in mid June about the CEO position, and she told the search committee about her pregnancy. In a meeting with the full board last week, Mayer told Fortune, no one expressed any concern about her ability to handle a demanding job and motherhood.

“They showed their evolved thinking,” she said.

Mayer says that she will only be on maternity leave for a few weeks and even expects to continue working throughout it, saying, “I like to stay in the rhythm of things.”


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