LOS ANGELES: Google’s Jill Hazelbaker is joining photo-sharing app Snapchat as VP of communications and public policy.
Hazelbaker will relocate from London to Los Angeles to join Snapchat in mid-October, Mary Ritti, Snapchat’s VP of communications, told PRWeek via email. She was unable to elaborate on Hazelbaker’s position.
A representative from Google confirmed Hazelbaker’s new role, but declined to comment on her replacement.
Hazelbaker joined Google in 2010 as senior director of corporate communications and government affairs before moving into her most recent role last April as senior director of communications and government relations.
In that position, she has overseen Google’s product, corporate, and internal communications across EMEA, and she has been responsible for government relations in the European Union, leading a team of more than 100 staffers, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Before joining Google, Hazelbaker worked in US politics. She was national communications director for Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) failed 2008 presidential bid. Previously, she was senior comms adviser on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2009 reelection campaign.
Hazelbaker was not immediately available for comment.
In May, Shapchat found itself at the center of a corporate reputation crisis when cofounder and CEO Evan Spiegel’s fraternity emails from his days as a Stanford University student were leaked to technology blog Valleywag. In response, he issued a statement explaining that he was "mortified" about the messages and added that they "in no way reflect" who he is today or his views towards women.