Company Strengthens Focus on China; Hires Chou To Join Dr. Kai-Fu Lee in Building Google’s Chinese Operations
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – October 25, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), developer of the award-winning search engine, today announced that it has hired respected business leader Johnny Chou to establish and lead Google’s sales and business development operations in Greater China.
Johnny Chou will join Google as President, Sales and Business Development, Greater China. In this newly created role, Chou will be responsible for building Google’s sales and channel businesses, and expanding the company’s strategic partnerships in the region.
Chou comes to Google from UT Starcom, where he was President of the company’s China Operations for the past 9 years, and brings over 20 years of diverse business management experience to Google. With the addition of Chou and the recent hire of Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, Google has brought together two of the most respected and experienced executives in China and their hire is a reflection of Google’s commitment to the Chinese market. Kai-Fu Lee and Johnny Chou will jointly oversee Google’s overall operations. Chou will lead Google’s sales and business development activities while Dr. Kai-Fu Lee will spearhead Google’s public affairs and the creation of the company’s research and development center.
“The leadership and experience that Johnny Chou brings to Google will be an invaluable asset to Google’s plans for developing its business operations in China”, said Omid Kordestani, senior vice president of Google’s Worldwide Sales and Field Operations. “Johnny Chou has proven track record of leading businesses to success in the complex Chinese market and will accelerate our efforts to establish Google’s operations in China.”
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