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Yahoo CEO wants back to work week after giving birth

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer


Yahoo Inc. chief executive Marissa Mayer, three months into a nascent effort to revamp the struggling Internet company, could be back in the office in one week, following the birth of her first child, a boy, on Sunday.

Ms. Mayer, 37, will work from home and continues to lead the company and "is involved in all critical decision making," a Yahoo spokeswoman said on Monday.

"She will be working remotely and is planning to return to the office as soon as possible (likely in one-to-two weeks)," Yahoo said in an e-mailed comment.

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Ms. Mayer, an engineer who was an executive at Google before taking the helm at Yahoo, is the company's third permanent CEO in roughly a year. She is leading an effort to revive the company's flagging revenue growth amid competition from Google Inc, Facebook Inc and a new generation of Web startups.

Ms. Mayer has yet to brief investors on her plan for Yahoo, but she provided some general details to the company's staff in meetings with employees last week.

Women are significantly underrepresented in the ranks of corporate CEOs, and Ms. Mayer's announcement of her pregnancy on the same day that she was named chief executive of Yahoo garnered widespread attention.

Her comments at the time that she would take only a few weeks of maternity leave stoked a debate about whether such an example would help or hurt the cause of women in the workplace.

News of the birth of Ms. Mayer's son was announced on Twitter by her husband, Zachary Bogue, who wrote: "Baby boy Bogue born last night. Mom and baby are doing great – we couldn't be more excited!"

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