Yahoo CEO adds motherhood to list of challenges

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It's a boy. And the mom is a high-powered CEO in the tech world.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gave birth to a boy late Sunday. Her story is being watched not only because of the challenges facing Yahoo, but also because of the way the pregnancy came to light.

The birth came a week ahead of the Oct. 7 due date that Mayer shared with the public in July. She announced her pregnancy on her social networking accounts just a few hours after Yahoo hired her as its third full-time CEO in less than a year.

The pregnancy news amplified the buzz about Mayer's defection from Google. She spent 13 years with the search leader as a key executive overseeing some of the services that helped to drag down Yahoo.

Yahoo's decision to anoint a soon-to-be mom as its CEO was hailed as a breakthrough for women seeking to prove men aren't the only ones who can balance a high-powered executive lifestyle and early parenthood.

Mayer plans to make her first extensive public remarks during the company's third-quarter earnings call scheduled for Oct. 22.

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