Chelsea Maughan: The Innovation 50

Global communications and public affairs manager, Google

It has been 10 years since Google went public and, in that time, its revenue has grown over 1,640%, from $3.2 billion in 2004 to $55.52 billion last year. Despite being a public company and dealing with the pressures of shareholders and quarterly reporting cycles, Google continues to create world-changing innovations. In her year in post, Chelsea Maughan has worked on some of these pioneering projects.

She is currently part of the global communications and policy team for Android and Chrome at a crucial stage in the operating systems' development, as they become increasingly intertwined. Before this she worked on communications for Google Glass, helping to roll out its explorer program and attempting to allay any public backlash the eye-ware generated. Prior to Glass, she worked for Google’s video site YouTube. As with all Google products, the main communications challenge will be maintaining consumer trust and privacy in a market that is experiencing intense change and competition.

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