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Marissa Mayer: Being mom and CEO 'takes a lot of focus'

Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:05 AM ET

Marissa Mayer, the Yahoo! CEO and president who famously returned to work two weeks after giving birth last fall, said her job and baby are all she has time for these days.

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Marissa Mayer came on TODAY Wednesday, and talked motherhood and work.

“There’s not a lot of room for anything else,” she said Wednesday on TODAY. “Overall, I’ve been having a terrific time with both being a mother and with being a CEO.”

Mayer was named Yahoo! CEO last July, along with the news that she also was six-months pregnant. She then ran into controversy for her decision to come back to work only two weeks after giving birth to her son, now four months old.

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Marissa Mayer is the country's youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

“I wouldn’t have missed a minute of either experience. They both are great,” she said. “It does take a lot of focus. You need to make sure you’re really prioritizing that.”

At 37, Mayer is the youngest chief executive of a Fortune 500 company. She appeared on TODAY to unveil a new design for the Yahoo! home page.

“I’ve had a ton of fun coming into the company,” she told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie.

She said she spends her attention at work focused on Yahoo's extremely loyal users. She spends less time on the public’s attention to her as a role model for working mothers.

“I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking looking at it or even thinking on it. I’ve really been focused on the products, what we need to do,” she said. 

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