Google Reacts: Mayer ‘Whip-Smart’ & ‘A Tireless Champion Of Our Users’

google-logoGoogle is reacting to today’s news that early employee Marissa Mayer is resigning to take on the CEO job at Yahoo.

In a statement e-mailed to Marketing Land this afternoon, Google CEO Larry Page had this to say about Mayer’s departure:

“Since arriving at Google just over 13 years ago as employee #20, Marissa has been a tireless champion of our users. She contributed to the development of our Search, Geo, and Local products. We will miss her talents at Google.”

Meanwhile, on Twitter, Google employees have also been weighing in about today’s news.

Matt Cutts, head of Google’s webspam team and also a longtime employee that joined Google in January 2000 (not long after Mayer), called her “whip-smart” and a hard worker.

Don Dodge, Developer Advocate at Google and also a veteran of Microsoft, AltaVista and many other tech companies, said Mayer and Yahoo’s current interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, will make a “killer team”:

And Hunter Walk, a product manager at YouTube, offered praise (and perhaps a warning?) about Mayer’s get-things-done philosophy:

We’d also like to know what our readers think about today’s announcement. Cast your vote in our readers’ poll: Poll: What Do You Think About Marissa Mayer Going To Yahoo?

Postscript: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has also given a statement on Mayer’s departure that was reported this afternoon on Bloomberg TV:

I worked with Marissa for many years — she’s a great product person, very innovative and a real perfectionist who always wants the best for users. Yahoo! has made a good choice and I am personally very excited to see another woman become CEO of a technology company. Best wishes to Marissa and Yahoo!

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