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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Google’s Head of PR Leaves for Facebook

Elliot Schrage has left Google to join Facebook, BoomTown reports. Google on their management information page explains Elliot is or was “Vice President, Global Communications & Public Affairs” and “responsible for the company’s public-facing communications, including media relations, policy strategy and stakeholder outreach, as well as internal communications.” At Google Press Day 2006, Elliot said, “The Google Story is getting more complicated and complex everyday.” Also in 2006, Elliot gave a testimony in front of the US House of Representatives over Google censoring in China.

BoomTown quotes from an internal memo in which Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, welcomes Elliot:

... Elliot Schrage will be joining our management team as VP Communications and Public Policy. In this role, he will be responsible for developing the key messages we want people to understand about our products, our business and the growing global importance of social networking and what we do. The goal here is to help people understand how the internet can strengthen people’s relationships. Elliot will direct our efforts to work with users, media, governments and other entities around the world to ensure that Facebook’s policies are transparent, responsive, effective and are recognized as being those things.

BoomTown writes that sources say Schrage was interested in Facebook “because it was a company poised for explosive growth, much like Google in its early days.”

[Thanks Juha-Matti Laurio! Image based on Google photo.]


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