Google taps Fairfax exec as new ANZ chief

Long vacant role to be filled by former magazine boss

Search giant Google may have made billions by organising the world's information, but that doesn't mean it likes talking about its internal operations.

The secretive company has been playing coy for several months about the appointment of a new executive to manage its Australian and New Zealand businesses.

Since its establishment locally in 2004, Google Australia has been led by its director of sales and operations, Kate Vale, although the executive never achieved the title of managing director.

In recent times, Google's managing director of sales and operations for the South-East Asia region, Richard Kimber, has been the more visible face of the search giant locally.

Now there's a third boss in town: Karim Temsamani, formerly the group director of general magazines at Fairfax Media (publisher of The Australian Financial Review).

Temsamani resigned in late June. Two months later he popped up as the new general manager of Google's Australian and New Zealand operation.

Google spokesman Rob Shilkin declined to make an official comment on Temsamani's appointment, but the company is expected make an announcement later this week.

Temsamani has already made appearances in public in his new role and will report to Kimber.

The former Fairfax executive will have his hands full managing Google's local operation.

The company is growing speedily with the strength of the online advertising market and is currently looking for at least 45 more staff to help fill the new Darling Park, Sydney headquarters it opened more than 18 months ago.

Google has not disclosed Australian financial results for some time. Its most recent filing to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission was for the 2004 financial year.

However, a market survey conducted by Business Review Weekly (also published by Fairfax Media) estimated the company's local online advertising revenue at A$206 million, a figure that was estimated to have grown 108% year-on-year.

Temsamani will manage Google's rapidly growing local sales, operations and engineering workforces while at the same time grow revenues and steer the entrance of Google's global products into the local market.

He will also need to keep a close eye on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's ongoing legal case against Google with respect to its internet advertising practices.

— Australian Financial Review

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