Google's Search PR Director Moves to Twitter


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While Gabriel Stricker is presently listed on Google as Director of Communications for Search, he’s now moved on to the post of VP of Communications for Twitter. Sticker follows Google’s former Senior Media Liaison Karen Wickre, who also went to Twitter roughly seven months ago. And a while before this, Carolyn Penner also jumped ship for Twitter, leaving Google’s PR team.

Greg Sterling at Search Engine Land also notes that Shailesh Rao also recently became VP of International Revenue for Twitter. Rao was formerly the managing director of Google India.

Sticker was working for Google for over 5 years, a period when some employees start to look elsewhere. It would appear that Sticker's first tweet was to announce his departure from the company.

I?m thrilled to be joining Twitter -- and thankful for my time at Google. Both are more than just companies. They're movements. 13 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

While at Google, Stricker managed search and search properties - Maps, Earth, News, and Books, as well as use of IP and partnerships. Stricker is also the author of “Mao In The Boardroom,” a best-selling book about guerrilla marketing.

Twitter’s communications team is now full of staff that were once working for Google - one of Sticker's initial tasks at his new gig might be to explain when Twitter finally plans to go public.