Someone with a very interesting political background will soon be in charge of Google’s corporate communications. The company’s hired Jill Hazelbaker, who’s worked with both John McCain and Michael Bloomberg in the past, to replace Matt Furman.
A quick note about Furman’s departure: according to Jessica E. Vascellaro, he’s leaving on his own terms be closer to his family, and has already lined up another job. So you didn’t miss some major PR fiasco, and this development shouldn’t correspond to any big changes in policy at Google.
Hazelbaker may bring a unique perspective to the table as the search giant has to deal with the government more and more, though. Her experience in politics is impressive, considering that she was the communications director for John McCain’s presidential campaign.
More recently, she’s served as a spokesperson and media strategist for Michael Bloomberg’s mayoral reelection campaign, too.
Of course, these connections imply that Hazelbaker is a Republican, and it’s no secret that Google leans to the left. It’d be interesting to know whether the search giant is trying to diversify and appeal to different groups, or if it just hired the best person for the job regardless of political affiliations.