Sunday 4 December 2016

Google Ireland switches bosses - new lead steps in

Published 27/10/2016 | 18:08

Fionnuala Meehan will succeed Ronan Harris as head of site at Google’s Dublin-based office
Fionnuala Meehan will succeed Ronan Harris as head of site at Google’s Dublin-based office

Fionnuala Meehan will succeed Ronan Harris as head of site at Google’s Dublin-based office facility, which employs over 5,000 people.

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The current director of the site, Ronan Harris, has been appointed as the new managing director for Google in the UK and Ireland and will now move to London.

Ms Meehan is currently a vice president in Google with responsibility for marketing solutions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She is most closely linked with the growth of AdWords sales and operations since joining Google 11 years ago. Before working in Google, Ms Meehan worked in sales and operations roles in the travel and internet sectors.

“I’m honoured to be given the chance to represent this fantastic, diverse, fun and innovative site,” she said. “The way we work with the community in Ireland is really important to us and I look forward to strengthening our relationships further.”

Meanwhile, Tara McCarthy has been appointed chief executive of Bord Bia.

Ms McCarthy has been the chief executive of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), since September 2015.

The announcements came as uncertainty rests over the future of jobs at Twitter in Dublin. The company yesterday revealed that it is to lay off 9pc of its workforce, focusing on sales, marketing and partnerships. Twitter also announced that it is to discontinue its popular Vine video-loop service.

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