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Sunday 25 February 2018

Irish staff must report to UK as Google top bosses based in London

Matt Brittin, managing director of Google UK. Photo: Bloomberg
Matt Brittin, managing director of Google UK. Photo: Bloomberg
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Google is to locate its top European executive in London in a management shuffle that will see Dublin executives officially reporting to London bosses for the first time.

The move, which sees English ex-McKinsey consultant Matt Brittin take charge of Dublin and other European locations, is part of a streamlining of Google's European operations in response to regulatory and legal concerns from the European Commission and European countries.

It comes two months before Dublin-based Google vice president Ronan Harris takes over from John Herlihy as country manager for Ireland.

Mr Harris, who will remain in Dublin, will now report to Mr Brittin at his London office.

And the management shift comes as Google prepares to invest almost €1bn into a new London headquarters that will hold up to 5,000 people.

Google's Irish operation, which employs 2,500 people and an additional 2,500 contractors, is currently the search giant's largest operation facility outside the US. However, its sales, support, finance and engineering functions are now set to be overseen from Mr Brittin's office in London.

Google Dublin executives say that the move does not alter the search giant's day-to-day operations. However, a company spokesman declined to comment directly on the management shift.

Irish Independent

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