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June 18, 2014

Yahoo’s Female CEO Leading a Mostly Male Workforce

Photo by Giorgio Montersino via Compfight cc — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer at a public event.

Google, it seems, has started a new transparency trend on workforce diversity.

The tech titan, at the end of May, published a report revealing its workforce demographics and LinkedIn followed suit last week.

Now Yahoo has entered the fray, releasing its own report and, like its peers, its workforce is also predominantly white and male.

tumblr_inline_n7c1pxop4i1qhxx5sLike LinkedIn, however, Yahoo does a slightly better job at workforce diversity than Google. Its U.S. workforce is 50 percent white, compared to Google’s 61 percent and, globally, it is 62 percent male and 37 percent female compared to Google’s 70 to 30 male-female ratio.

It is ironic, however, that CEO Marissa Mayer is leading a team that is nearly two-thirds male.

After white folk, Asians made up the next largest ethnic demographic at Yahoo — 39 percent in the U.S. Only four percent are classified as Hispanic and just two percent are black.

Chief development officer Jackie Reses said Yahoo is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce.

“We’re in the business of building products for hundreds of millions of users worldwide and that starts with having the best possible talent — a Yahoo team that understands and reflects our diverse user base,” she wrote in a blog post.

“Overall, our goal at Yahoo is to create a workplace culture that attracts and retains all talents, regardless of background, and to help our people grow to their full potential.”

Yahoo also released stats breaking down the gender and race of its employees by job.

Not surprisingly, the firm’s leadership is 78 percent white and 77 percent male while tech jobs are filled most by Asian men.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.