The Our Walmart group is angry at pay and working conditions at the retail chain, at which Mayer is a board member.
Protesters interrupted a chat between Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Salesforce boss Marc Benioff at the SaaS company’s annual Dreamforce conference yesterday.
The Our Walmart group was highlighting the plight of about 80 workers fired from the retail chain, at which Mayer is a board member, as well as pay and working conditions.
The disruption lasted just a few minutes before the protesters were escorted away, but the group says it has further demonstrations planned for the day after Thanksgiving as well as the Christmas holidays.
During the chat, Mayer told Benioff she believes entertainment is Yahoo’s primary offering.
"When you look at, ‘What is Yahoo’s core verb?’ Some companies aim to connect. Some companies aim to organise," she said. "Us, it’s been around entertaining.
She also spoke about the importance of design, claiming: "When you have billions of users coming to the Web site each month, you really have to have thought through the experience."
The San Francisco conference was also beset by campaigners angry at actor Sean Penn’s alleged interference in Haitian politics.
Penn spoke to Benioff during the CEO’s keynote speech to highlight the relief efforts of his organisation in the aftermath of an earthquake.
Benioff used his address to espouse Salesforce’s new cloud platform, Salesforce1, which he hopes will lie at the heart of the growing trend of the Internet of things.