Former Salesforce comms head Jane Hynes joins Google

Hynes was succeeded at Salesforce by Corey duBrowa, the former SVP of global comms at Starbucks, who joined in June.

Jane Hynes
Jane Hynes

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA: Jane Hynes, former Salesforce comms chief, has been appointed senior director of global communications for Google Cloud, Google confirmed via email.

In this newly created role, Hynes reports to Diane Greene, SVP of Google Cloud. Hynes will oversee all internal and external comms for the fast-growing business unit.

Hynes did not respond to requests for comment as of press time. Google would not comment beyond confirming the new hire.

Hynes was most recently the comms chief at Salesforce. She was succeeded by Corey duBrowa, the former SVP of global comms at Starbucks, who joined in June, during which time she went on sabbatical.

Over the course of more than 14 years, Hynes led Salesforce’s comms from its days as a start-up through its IPO and numerous acquisitions.

"During [Hynes’] tenure at Salesforce, she made incredible contributions to both our business and brand and built a fantastic team - which I have personally been the beneficiary of, as her successor," duBrowa told PRWeek via email. "We wish her the best in her new role and know that she will be a terrific addition to the Google team."

Salesforce vet Chi Hea Cho also joined Google as director of comms and public affairs for its advertising and commerce business in January.

Prior to joining Salesforce in 2003, Hynes was an account director for OutCast Communications, a PR shop that serves many of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies. Earlier in her career, she was a PR associate for Hamilton Ink PR.

Google has had a couple brushes with controversy in recent months. In August, the company fired the author of a so-called "anti-diversity" memo, an engineer named James Damore.

The House and Senate intelligence committees plan to invite Google parent company Alphabet and other tech companies to public hearings amid heightened scrutiny around Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election via social media and online ads. Meanwhile, political parties continue to weigh the possibility of breaking up tech companies.

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