Most people would consider Yahoo! chief Marissa Mayer's (roughly) $6 million salary enough compensation for her service to her shareholders. Like—after this, we're cool. Six mil. That should do it. But the company's exec team thought individual thanks from Mayer's underlings were in order.

AllThingsD's Kara Swisher got her mitts on an internal Yahoo! memo for a "surprise" request on Mayer's one year "anniversary" at the company:

Subject: Send a Thank You to Marissa’s 1 year at Yahoo! SSSHHHH — secret message below:

Marissa’s 1st year anniversary at Yahoo! is on July 17th, 2013 and we plan to SURPRISE her with a presentation during the FYI on July 12th. This is your opportunity to send her a personal “Thank You” message, for everything she’s done for Yahoo! over the past year.

Click on this link yo/thxmarissa and send your personalized free form message to Marissa! All of the messages will be shared with her both online and in a book presentation. This is open to everyone — including contractors.

Keep in mind that this is a surprise for Marissa. Please do not post anything on DevRandom or any other communications! Don’t forget to sign your name and your site location. The moderator tool will close on June 14th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at


Margaret Mish, Joanne Locascio and Yahoo! Events Team

It's true that Mayer has helped lift Yahoo's stock out of the proverbial shit chasm, but her buying spree hasn't generated much more than a lot of headlines. Maybe employees thanked her for forcing them to stop working in their PJs?

At any rate, congrats to Marissa Mayer on lasting many times longer than her predecessors. That ain't easy.

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