Marissa Mayer to Yahoo troops: ‘Keep moving’

The new highly discussed and highly compensated chief executive of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, has issued her first missive to her new troops two days after beginning the job. The main message: Don’t stop, keep moving.

“The company has been through a lot of change in the past few months, leaving many open questions around strategy and how to move forward. I am sensitive to this,” she wrote, according to AllThingsD, who got ahold of the memo.

Though she said she already has some ideas about how the company should move forward, Mayer said she wants first to develop perspective before developing a strategy, according to the memo.

Her note seems to indicate not to expect any rapid or radical shifts early in her tenure.

“In the meantime, please do not stop,” the memo reads. “You are doing important work. Please don’t stop. If you have questions or concerns about whether to continue or not, please ask. However, with the exception of a few things that might heavily constrain us in the future, the answer is most likely: ‘Yes, keep moving.’”


She also specifically calls out Ross Levinsohn, whose future at the company has been called into question by some. However, the note makes no mention of whether he will remain and in what capacity.

“In recognizing our team’s deep talent, we all owe thanks to Ross Levinsohn, for his leadership and direction as interim CEO over the last couple of months. Ross has done a terrific job for the company,” the memo reads.

Two hints at the future: She does highlight the importance and intent to “invest” in talent and the need for Yahoo to innovate.

“Looking forward, we need to continue Yahoo!’s tradition of bold innovation, encourage creativity, and ultimately inspire and delight users and advertisers,” the memo reads.


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