Yesterday Reuters reported that Yahoo!'s latest CEO, Marissa Mayer, was questioned by staff about her requirement to personally review every new candidate applying for work at Yahoo! Some claimed the personal involvement of Yahoo!'s new CEO in HR decisions, on every level, was causing Yahoo! to miss out on top engineering talent in Silicon Valley. While it seems odd for a CEO to review which recruits are hired, and which ones are not, there may be a fox-like method to Mayer's madness.
Marissa Mayer is Yahoo!'s fifth CEO in as many years. But it is more than just that. Meyer has two extra challenges her predecessors didn't face. This is Mayer's first time as a CEO of a public company. While she rose like a shining star at Google, she did not bring any CEO experience with her before taking the top slot at Yahoo! Second, if being a first time CEO wasn't enough of a challenge, add to it that she is supposed to be a "Turn Around" CEO. For the past several years it is clear Yahoo! has been heading in the wrong direction and those who held this job before her completely failed the stock holders.
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