/// Even as Stock Soars, a Not-So-Glamourous Magazine Close-Up of Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer
The many splashy photos of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer are there, as are the complimentary pull-quotes (“She’s … single-handedly transformed the culture and made people proud to work [at Yahoo].) Indeed, just yesterday, the stock of the company closed at a high it has not seen since 2006, above $38 a share. But share price — goosed by Yahoo’s stake in China’s Alibaba Group and faith in Mayer — is not the main focus of profile of Silicon Valley’s most high-profile CEO of the moment, which has is featured in this month’s Vanity Fair magazine and on its Web site. And it is not quite the gush-fest that Mayer — who started her career at search giant Google — usually gets. “As one of Google’s highest-ranking women, Marissa Mayer became a Silicon Valley superstar, but inside the search giant her dazzle sometimes wore thin, with colleagues rebelling against her imperious style,” notes the piece by well-regarded business writer Bethany McLean. While some will call it a hatchet job, made worse because it’s about a prominent woman, it’s not that by any means, and echoes issues raised by Nicholas Carlson’s recent long profile of her , which is set to become a book. McLean is careful to point out Mayer’s many laudable attributes — she’s wickedly smart, driven, creative, persistent. But it also presents a much more nuanced and, to my mind, truthful picture of a complex personality that often gets glossed over
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