Looks like Google's advancements in the field of online search and marketing isn't impressing its executives anymore. As BoomTown reports, Google's PR (Public Relations) head Elliot Schrage has left Google and moved to Facebook as its VP (Vice President) Communications and Public Policy. This is the latest addition to the list of executives who have left Google, the last being Google's Chief Information Officer (CIO) Douglas Merill who went to EMI Music as the President of EMI's digital music business.
In a memo to his employees on the Schrage hiring, Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg said, "This is a really important role for us and one that we've been trying to find the right person for a while. Elliot's role will be critical to helping us scale based on our culture that values transparency, openness and honest internal communications." At Facebook, Elliot Schrage will be reporting directly to Sheryl Sandberg, incidentally who had been picked up from Google as well. Elliot Schrage is a Harvard educated lawyer who has an extensive public relations experience.
The entire memo, that Mark Zuckerberg sent to Facebook employees:
I'm writing from India to share with you the good news that 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.
Elliot is joining us from Google where he has been their VP Global Communications and Public Affairs since 2005. At Google, he broadened the company's messaging from a focus on only product PR to include all aspects of corporate, financial, policy, philanthropic and internal communications. Before that, he served as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a public policy think tank, as a professor at Columbia Business School and as SVP at Gap. Early on, he began his career as a Harvard-trained lawyer.
This is a really important role for us and one that we've been trying to find the right person for a while. Elliot's role will be critical to helping us scale based on our culture that values transparency, openness and honest internal communications.
Elliot will be starting on __, although you may see him around the office before then. If you want to send him a note to congratulate him on joining, his email is __ and I'm sure he'd love to hear from you.
Elliot Schrage has visioned Facebook to be heading towards exponential growth, just as Google was in its early days. Having said that, it doesn't take the spotlight off Google, who has lost two high-level executives in the last three months. Google certainly needs to look within its boundaries and initiate some sort of program to stop this outflow.