Google boss Herlihy departs after a decade at helm of internet giant
TECH giant Google has announced the head of its Irish operations will leave the company in April.
Limerick native John Herlihy joined Google in 2005 and led the development of Google's Europe Middle East and Asian (EMEA) sales operations in Dublin during the digital boom in Ireland.
During his tenure, Google's operations grew from 50 people to more than 2,500 direct employees. The firm also moved to its new EMEA campus on Barrow Street in Dublin's 'silicon docks' after purchasing the Montevetro Building for around €100m.
He also helped in Google's development of a new data centre in Ireland and established 'The Foundry' - Google's first centre for digital excellence in Europe.
In a statement, John Herlihy said he was "very proud" of what the management team at Google had achieved in the past 10 years.
"We have built a vibrant organisation which has become the heartbeat of EMEA. The energy that runs through this campus powers a burgeoning digital industry in over 100 countries and is helping revitalise economies, Ireland's included."
"On a personal level it has been a tremendous experience but after 10 years, I believe the time is right for me to explore new opportunities and I'm looking forward to taking some time out while I consider my next challenge.
Mr Herlihy will step down on April 30 and will be succeeded by Ronan Harris, the company's vice President for Large Customer Sales, EMEA.
Mr Harris said he was looking forward to leading the Ireland management team as and thanked Mr Herlihy for his work with the company.
"I have worked closely with John for many years and all of us at Google in Dublin value greatly the contribution he has made to Google and to Ireland's reputation as the digital capital of Europe," he said.