A man stood up in the middle of a recent Yahoo shareholders meeting to ask CEO Marissa Mayer a question about his investment on Tuesday. Before he got to anything related to Yahoo's stock, however, he had some important information to share. "I'm George Polis. I have 2,000 shares of Yahoo. I'm Greek, and I'm a dirty old man, and you look attractive, Marissa."
The audience let out a little chuckle, and Polis went on to ask about dividends. The whole scene is disturbing, not just because this man has clearly embarrassed himself, but because it highlights a way some people think it's appropriate to speak to women in power. No one would ever stand up in a meeting to say he or she was attracted to Mark Zuckerberg.
Mayer, Yahoo's 38-year-old CEO, took over the company around this time last year. Mayer made her start at Google, where she was the company's first female engineer. Since becoming CEO of Yahoo, Mayer has made some bold moves, including the acquisition of Tumblr for $1.1 billion.
Unsurprisingly, Mayer did not respond to the man's comment.