Position: Vice president of search products and user experience, Google
Location: Mountain View, Calif.
Mayer’s title belies her importance at Google, where she operates as a gatekeeper, deciding which projects and ideas that bubble out of the company genius pool are worthy of the founders’ consideration for public consumption. Any mobile Google service (Google Maps Mobile, Gmail Mobile, GOOG-411, etc.) you use is likely to have passed the “Marissa gauntlet,” and is just as likely to have been sharpened in its passage. As Google’s twentieth employee, she’s been in it since the beginning, and we expect her influence to play a significant role in the company’s upcoming offerings.
Did You Know: In her spare time, Mayer teaches introductory computer programming classes