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Kelly becomes Google's joint top-ranking Irish-born boss

Dubliner runs global property arm

Published 19/04/2015 | 02:30

Jennifer Kelly
Jennifer Kelly

Castleknock's Jennifer Kelly has been promoted to Google's vice president, the highest rank attained by any Irish person within the €350bn valued online search and advertising behemoth.

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Previously just two Irish people had risen that far within the organisation during its 12 years in Dublin. Incoming Google boss Ronan Harris is the only other person in Ireland currently serving at the vice president level. His predecessor, Departing Google Ireland head John Herlihy, was also a company "veepee".

Kelly is now Google's VP of real estate and workplace services for all Google's global offices except Googleplex, the company's HQ in Mountain View, California.

She is now responsible for Google's property portfolio across 59 countries, managing more than 14.5 million square feet of real estate.

She also oversees the design of Google's famously creative office spaces.

"The design of the facilities we provide is what forms a huge part of the Google culture," she said last week.

"Our offices are designed to encourage innovation and collaboration and to inspire creativity while at the same time being a comfortable place to work."

Her team selects sites, negotiates leases and then overseas the construction and design of Google's workplaces which are known for their funky interiors and luxuries such as gyms, music rooms, nap pods and snack and café areas. She will continue to be based at Google's EMEA headquarters in Dublin.

Kelly joined Google as facilities manager for its start-up Dublin campus in 2003. She was one of the original members of the team who set up the company in Ireland.

Over the following years she progressed to a regional facilities management leadership role. In 2009 the scope of her role expanded to incorporate EMEA real estate. Kelly began her real estate and facilities career in the retail sector with Power Supermarkets (now Tesco). Following on from there she worked with Irish Estates and Compaq/HP in a variety of roles.

Last year she was recognised by the Women's Executive Network as one of the country's leading female corporate executives.

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