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Marissa Mayer
Company: Google
Home: San Francisco and Palo Alto

As Google’s vice president of search products and user experience, Mayer is responsible for Google’s Web search, images, news, books, products, maps, Google Earth, the Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, Google Health, and Google Labs. She joined Google in 1999 as the company’s first female engineer. Mayer has worked on designing and developing Google’s search interface, defining Google News, Gmail, and Orkut, and launching more than 100 features and products on Google.com. Google has filed several patents based on her work in artificial intelligence and interface design. Mayer has also taught introductory computer programming at Stanford to more than 3,000 students, and she has received the Centennial Teaching Award and the Forsythe Award for her contribution to undergraduate education. Before Google, Mayer worked at the UBS research lab in Zurich, Switzerland, and at SRI International in Menlo Park. She graduated with honors from Stanford receiving a B.S. in symbolic systems and an M.S. in computer science.