"Don't ever act like you know what you don't or couldn't know," he said. "Make it clear that you are learning and you are open to inputs ... [Her memo] may seem generic, but it's the best anyone could do."
Mayer, who announced this week that she's pregnant, was Google's 20th hire and the company's first female engineer. Her 13 years at Google account for nearly her entire career. When she left the company, she had risen to become a top executive who led the company's critical Location and Local Services group.
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