Mayer shrugs off sexist comments from shareholders at first meeting since taking the reins at Yahoo
At Yahoo’s first annual shareholders meeting CEO Marissa Mayer was forced to deal with a plethora of ridiculous comments and questions, the worst of which had a decidedly sexist undertone.
One shareholder audibly said: "I'm Greek and I'm a dirty old man, and you look attractive," before asking about a dividend.
Mayer shrugged off the comment, but was then asked who she was going to support when the Green Bay Packers played the San Francisco 49ers.
Not exactly top of the priority list at the annual meeting, but Mayer responded calmly nonetheless.
Unfortunately, it didn’t end there for the CEO, as she was forced to remind those in the room she was there to talk about Yahoo and not Walmart.
Several employees asked why she wasn’t a better advocate for them on Walmart’s board of directors, where she also holds a seat, to which she declined to respond.
Inbetween such inane questions, shareholders did learn that the number of daily active users for the Flickr photo app has jumped 50 per cent since it was redesigned in May, while use of mobile e-mail has climbed 70 per cent since an overhaul in April.
“All of our growth is going to start with our users,” she said, referring to the major acquisitions of the past year including the $1.1bn purchase of Tumblr.
Investors were told mobile users would be front and central of future plans as more people access Yahoo via smartphones and tablets.