Yahoo: Female CEO, Male Dominated Workforce And Leadership

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Yahoo: Female CEO, Male Dominated Workforce And Leadership
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According to the report, 62% of the global workforce led by Marissa Mayer for roughly the last two years remains male. And that is a misnomer as well, 85% of Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO)’s technology staff is male as well as 77% of those in leadership positions.

Mayer not the first woman in charge of Yahoo

Mayer is not the first woman to lead the company, Carol Bartz was the company’s CEO for close to three years before being sacked in September 2011 and Sue Decker spent nearly two years as the company’s president before voluntarily leaving the company in 2009.

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Switching to ethnicity, the report showed that 50% of the company’s domestic employees are white and 39% Asian. Blacks and Hispanics collectively represent just 6% of the company’s U.S. workforce. 78% of Yahoo’s leadership is white and 17% Asian a big disparity given that the founder of Yahoo and longest serving CEO, Jerry Yang, is Taiwanese-American.

“These statistics are only a part of the story — Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) works to ensure that our existing employees feel welcome and supported during their time at the company,” said the company’s statement that accompanied the report that broke down the 12,200 full-time employees and fixed-term contractors demographically.

Silicon Valley not representative of population

Silicon Valley continues to struggle with a workforce unrepresentative of the U.S. population. According to the Census Bureau, women make up 49% of the U.S. workforce while the population is 63% white, 17% Hispanic, 13% African-American and 5% Asian.

Presumably to regain some relevance, Jesse Jackson has become a proponent of Hispanic hiring along with African Americans and has appeared at a number of tech companies annual meetings in the last few months to urge them to show more diversity in their hiring practices.

One of Silicon Valley’s giants, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), released its own diversity report at the end of last month showing that 70% of its staff is male and 61% white.

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  1. Some odd and not so sound ‘logic’ here. Honestly-I believe this mis-education does more to hurt to the issue than to help it–if it is an issue at all. One of the founders is caucasian and from Wisconsin. Do they get full representation? I only know one other person from Wisconsin. She may count as more than one person but still. You seem to be suggesting that the proportion on Caucasians should be lower. You cite a 17% gap between Asian and Whites as a ‘disparity’. The US is 5% Asian. Taiwanese are a much smaller group. The company’s domestic employees are 39% Asian. Many of these employees are from India and China, and were sponsored via visa by the company. Note that India and China are in Asia, but are a bit different than Taiwan. In fact, some TW feel quite strongly about it. Very complicated issue, and you are making very cosmetic and simplistic assessments. Think about the numbers you pointed out and suggest a better mix. Think about what it would actually take to make that happen. Many of the issues are rooted in our academics, etc. Can’t cast all blame on SV, or even the US. Need a more accurate assessment and solution to actually “fix” the issue. Otherwise, you are just contributing noise and confusing people.

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