Rumor has it Google VP Marissa Mayer will be leaving the company in 2009, Gawker reported.
Mayer, vice president of search products and user experience, joined Google from Stanford’s graduate computer science department in 1999 as the company’s first female engineer. She also is a part-time introductory computer programming teacher at Stanford and has been given the Centennial Teaching Award and the Forsythe Award.
In a recent interview Mayer seems to contradict these rumors when she talked about the future of search and Google. “We think that when you look at the winning search engine in 2020 and what traits it’s likely to have, we think the one thing that will be true is that it will understand more about you the user.”
Mayer was the keynote speaker at SES San Jose 2007 and is one of the more public faces of the company. She has worked with many of the company’s newer products and has been known as a long time advocate of the minimalist homepage.