Marissa Mayer

Walmart’s intensifying rivalry with has been well documented. And Walmart’s desires to become an even bigger presence in the online worldis no secret, with the company gobbling up startup companies and hiring top technical talent in an all-out effort to knock Amazon off its perch.

Today, the giant Arkansas retailer took a big step toward that goal, adding some technology horsepower in the board room. The company announced this morning that it has named Marissa Mayer — the 36-year-old Google executive — to its board.

“I have long been a customer and admirer of the company,” Mayer said in a statment. “Walmart is an amazing story of entrepreneurship and, as one of the world’s most powerful brands, touches millions of lives every day. I look forward to contributing to Walmart’s continued growth, success, and innovation in the years to come.” Mayer joined Google in 1999 as its first female engineer, and she now serves as president of Google Maps and Local.

Walmart chairman Rob Walton added:

“We are on the cusp of a massive transformation in the way people shop in our increasingly connected world. Marissa’s insights and expertise in the technology and consumer areas are valuable assets to Walmart as we move forward,” he said.

Walmart has been making a number of technology buys in recent months, including smaller upstarts like Small Society, One Riot, Kosmix and Grabble

If elected this June, Mayer would become the company’s 16th board member. Amazon’s board, by contrast, has 10 positions.

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  • Guest

    Mayer seems to have a reputation that far exceeds her actual accomplishments. Someone seems to have decided that she was the “it” person and it has taken on a life of its own from there. Not saying she’s not smart and hasn’t accomplished anything, or even that one day she won’t have justified that. Just questioning whether she deserves the rather lofty current position in the industry that she has apparently been elevated to.

  • eknirb

    a customer of wal-mart?  they sell Stella McCartney, Givenchy, etc there?  

    • Guest

      PR spin. She probably shopped there with her parents a couple of decades ago.

  • Ding

    @Johh, Marissa Mayer is not a President of anything. She is a Vice President, no longer one of Google’s executive officers or management team listed on their website. Her last role change was high profile in that it generated endless speculation about whether she was demoted or not. I’d guess it is the only store near a vacation home she has or regularly visits. Lots of small, ski towns or lake places have a WalMart as the only place to stop.

  • Guest

    A pretty face and a short skirt goes a long way! No different here…

  • Idon’t Know

    Mayer wants to be associated with…Wal-Mart?  Is her ego that big?  I doubt it tis a good thing for her and by extension Google to be associated with a company like Wal-Mart.

  • Martin

     Marissa’s insights and expertise in the technology and consumer areas are valuable assets to Walmart as we move forward

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