Will Google’s Marissa Mayer Help Solve Wal-Mart’s Woman Problem?

Wal-Mart announced this week the nomination of Google executive Marissa Mayer to its board of directors. Mayer, 36, joined Google in 1999 as its first female engineer and 20th employee and quickly ascended the executive ranks, first as vice president of search and now as vice president of local and maps. She also sits on Google’s operating committee, an elite group of executives that oversees every critical product launch and decision. It’s not difficult to see why Wal-Mart would want Mayer. She’s a minor celebrity as a young, self-described “geek” succeeding in a male-dominated field.