Hazelbaker to fill EMEA-wide Google comms role

LONDON: Google is set to appoint Jill Hazelbaker as director of PR and internal communications across EMEA and government relations for the European Union next month.

LONDON: Google is set to appoint Jill Hazelbaker as director of PR and internal communications across EMEA and government relations for the European Union next month.

She will replace DJ Collins, who will leave to set up his own agency with outgoing Clarence House comms secretary Paddy Harverson this summer.

Hazelbaker, currently senior director of corporate comms and public affairs at Google, will move to the UK to take on the role.

Since joining Google in January 2010, Hazelbaker's work has included restructuring the company's corporate team and handling comms for its research projects, such as driverless cars that are being tested on US roads.

Hazelbaker also has a strong background in US politics. As well as working with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on his failed 2008 presidential bid, she also worked on Michael Bloomberg's successful 2009 reelection bid as mayor of New York City.

Google confirmed the move but declined to comment.

In a similar move, Clarence House, the office of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, last week hired Sony's Sally Osman to replace Harverson.

Osman's experience includes leading BBC comms when the corporation came under scrutiny for its reporting of the Iraq War dossier.

Edelman UK CEO Ed Williams, a former BBC comms director, said Osman's style was “diplomatic and firm,” and came from “the school of quiet, unvarnished advice-giving.”

“She has considerable combat hours gained at the BBC in issues management, which will stand her in good stead at Clarence House,” he added. “The issues come thick and fast at the BBC, and the experience may well come in useful in this new role.”

Osman is currently director of corporate comms at Sony Europe. She will take up the new role in June.

This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK, the sister publication of PRWeek at Haymarket Media.

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