MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA: Google jumped the gun when it said Dan Senor was joining the company in May as VP of global communications strategy.
The company confirmed that Senor never started with Google, despite saying earlier this year that he would be leading the communications team.
"We were too quick to confirm," conceded Steve Langdon, senior manager of corporate PR. "Dan did not come to Google."
Langdon declined to explain why Senor never started at Google. He added that the company is once again looking for someone to lead the communications team. David Krane, director of corporate communications, is currently VP of corporate communications on an interim basis.
Google's almost-selection of Senor raised plenty of eyebrows considering his background. Senor was previously a senior advisor to L. Paul Bremer, administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. Senor served as the chief spokesperson until the recent handover of power in Iraq.
Speculation in Silicon Valley PR circles was that Google was looking to make an unconventional choice. But even Senor surprised many people, leading to speculation that Google wanted someone with close ties to Washington, DC, as the company set its sights on evolving from an internet search firm into a media company, competing on numerous levels with the likes of Microsoft and Yahoo.
Late last year, VP of corporate marketing Cindy McCaffrey left the company, and Google has been searching for her replacement.