We love the faux-gravity-defying photo by Mikael Jansson of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer that crowns the Web version of Jacob Weisberg’s profile piece for the September issue of Vogue. It captures the idea of the exec calmly piloting from the middle of a previous storm.
Weisberg visited Mayer at her offices in Sunnyvale, CA and also attended a movers-and-shakers party staged at her Palo Alto home. This new-mom CEO feels that one of the most positive signs is that employees are no longer leaking her emails to the press. She also has no problem admitting to a geeky love of certain digits:
“I really like even numbers, and I like heavily divisible numbers. Twelve is my lucky number—I just love how divisible it is. I don’t like odd numbers, and I really don’t like primes. When I turned 37, I put on a strong face, but I was not looking forward to 37. But 37 turned out to be a pretty amazing year. Especially considering that 36 is divisible by twelve!”
Ex-Google employee Adam Cahan, now Yahoo’s head of mobile, tells Weisberg the Web portal “has released more products in the last six months than probably in the last five years.” Meanwhile, the stock price is up nearly 60% since Mayer took over. That’s right, a number divisible by 12.
Update (September 25):
Because people will complain about anything on the Internet, Mayer finds herself, a month later at Advertising Week 2013, talking to Charlie Rose about these Vogue photos.